Facebook goes after 'Fluff Busting Purity' Greasemonkey script

Fluff Busting Purity (FBP) is a Greasemonkey Script developed for Facebook that gets rid of application notifications from applications like Mafia Wars and other oft-annoying Quiz messages, leaving your news feed populated with basic status updates, links, notes, pictures, and other standard updates.

Facebook isn't taking kindly to the disruption of its intended functions and has declared legal war on the script, citing terms of use violations. According to the scripts creators, Facebook's complaints were vague and misleading, giving very little information about the exact nature of the problem. After receiving the generalized Terms of Service Violation notice, FBP tried to communicate with Facebook to try and determine the actual violation, and received a message citing Section 5.6 of their Statement of Rights & Responsibilities, which reads: 

"You will not use our copyrights or trademarks (including Facebook, the Facebook and F logos, FB, Face, Poke, Wall, and 32665), or any confusingly similar marks, without our written permission."

The FBP Facebook page was deleted minutes after the email was sent, which FBP claims is an unreasonably short amount of time, and that they could have fixed the errors, if there were any, given some more notice. 

Lawyers then contacted FBP with a demand from Facebook to hand over the domain facebookplus.org, which they claim FBP owns. FBP denies this accusation.

Facebook recently released new code that will disable this script from running, but the scripters at FBP have created a patch to circumvent this, as well as create a new, working fan page.

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You see.. This is wrong in so many ways.. The Internet is not a newspaper sales market. On the Internet, if you want to earn some cash from a popular website, just get some ads. Making people pay is a way of ppl looking for news in the competition which offer free access.

They need someone to get this into their heads.

It doesn't matter, the small percentage of people that are able to use scripts and what not above and beyond the rest of the zombies out there who are only able to click on the mouse button will still generate FB plenty of cash.

90% of people on the Interwebs are Zombie Idiots who have no idea how or why things work on their computer.

"You will not use our copyrights or trademarks (including Facebook, the Facebook and F logos, FB, Face, Poke, Wall, and 32665), or any confusingly similar marks, without our written permission."

How can Face, Poke, Wall and 32665 be trademarks? LOL

madkingsoup said,
How can Face, Poke, Wall and 32665 be trademarks? LOL

32665 is their SMS number for posting to your status via your cell phone. Though I do question the legitimacy of trademarking a number.

I've been using a script that does just about the same thing for a while now. It also blocks all the facebook's ads as well. Then I have another script that turns all smilies users post into real smiling in my new feed and in post. And finally I use stylish to add some transparency to my chat bar and add some much needed color and structure to facebook's layout.

Here is what my facebook looks like: http://photo-hosting.winsoftmagic.com/1/iur4o4g2ea.jpg

How else is Facebook going to get some profit? I doubt many donate to even use a free service so they gotta pay for there servers etc somehow. If people don't like it they shouldn't even be using the service to begin with. As already mentioned above there is an opt-out for those status notifications. Not like its not available.

facebook only wants your money and any disruption will cause them to act so they don't loose there money and sides Facebook fails. they offer me no compelling reason to join.

Midnight Mick said,
Add this to your host files to correct all your facebook problems:
127.0.0.1 www.facebook .com

LOL I did that on my router.

Edited by buckaroo, Mar 26 2010, 4:52pm :

So guys. I'm really not sure it's what this script does that's the issue. Go check out Facebook Lite (lite.facebook.com) and you'll see it doesn't show these either.

However, Lite changes the Layout. This keeps the layout, and collapses the programs and other options (became a friend or fan of) to a convenient link at the top. It also gets rid of the suggestions of random strangers to become friends with. Visit the website in the link of the article, and check it out. Pretty cool. I've been using it since it was brand new.

I don't know GreyWolf, that's what I end up doing too. I know its more work but my page is pretty clean after blocking all the stuff I don't want to show up on my page. Doing that and running AdBlock it ends up being a pretty clean look.

GreyWolf said,
I manually block every app that sends crap to my wall, too. Am I going to be sued too?

Yeah not sure what issue is when you can do this with facebook own functionality anyway just saves doing it manually if a script does it automatically.

Well, they did add the feature to hide notification of an app...but for some reason it doesn't always work. Facebook Purity is awesome.

You do know that if you hover over one of the posts in your new feed, a little 'Hide' option becomes visible. Click on it and it gives you the option to hide either updates from that person, or updates from that application from your news feed. The functionality of this script is built into facebook.

Aldur82 said,
You do know that if you hover over one of the posts in your new feed, a little 'Hide' option becomes visible. Click on it and it gives you the option to hide either updates from that person, or updates from that application from your news feed. The functionality of this script is built into facebook.

Unfortunately that only works in the Top News section. Even though Most Recent has this too, the messages from apps etc just keep coming back. I really have no idea what FB was thinking with this ****.

LaXu said,

Unfortunately that only works in the Top News section. Even though Most Recent has this too, the messages from apps etc just keep coming back. I really have no idea what FB was thinking with this ****.

I've never had this problem, when I choose to hide an application from Top News or Most Recent, it stays hidden all the time on both lists.

Aldur82 said,

I've never had this problem, when I choose to hide an application from Top News or Most Recent, it stays hidden all the time on both lists.

Same here, I have nearly every app made hidden Only time I see an app now is when I go to someone else's wall OR if a new app was created and is floating around that I haven't hid yet.

Aldur82 said,
You do know that if you hover over one of the posts in your new feed, a little 'Hide' option becomes visible. Click on it and it gives you the option to hide either updates from that person, or updates from that application from your news feed. The functionality of this script is built into facebook.

you can't hide groups and fan pages.

PureLegend said,

you can't hide groups and fan pages.

Yes, you can. If you can't then you've either not tried or you're doing it wrong!
Now if you mean you can't hide the notifications that someone has become a fan of something or someone has joined a certain group, then you've got a case for using the script.

I just delete people who use those apps, I mean come on. If all you do all day is play mafia wars and farmville, then you don't need to be my friend anyways.

ceminess said,
I just delete people who use those apps, I mean come on. If all you do all day is play mafia wars and farmville, then you don't need to be my friend anyways.

Unfortunately, sometimes those people are your family ... I assume your point still stands?

Edited by QuarterSwede, Mar 26 2010, 9:42pm :

QuarterSwede said,

Unfortunately, sometimes those people are your family ... I assume your point still stands?

I don't see why it wouldn't still stand.

it seems there only violation is actuly using the facebook name or 'FB' all they need to do is rename their service

bolix said,
Didnt expect this from Facebook, wow..hate them

Facebook as a company has a pretty vicious side. It will defend its IP and its content to the full extent of the law.

of course, facebook makes money of games like maffia wars, hiding the maffia war messages disrupts the viral functionality, facebook looses money.

I mean, what do you expect, a free service without advertising that lives from thin air? People have start to realize that all those services cost a lot of money

XerXis said,
of course, facebook makes money of games like maffia wars, hiding the maffia war messages disrupts the viral functionality, facebook looses money.

I mean, what do you expect, a free service without advertising that lives from thin air? People have start to realize that all those services cost a lot of money

How does that relate though? It's not about "fair", it's about what rights Facebook actually has.

You can already block those messages in your news stream. Its built into facebook. Anytime I see a new "game" type crap leak into my news stream, thats the first thing I do.

XerXis said,
of course, facebook makes money of games like maffia wars, hiding the maffia war messages disrupts the viral functionality, facebook looses money.

I mean, what do you expect, a free service without advertising that lives from thin air? People have start to realize that all those services cost a lot of money

Butterman said,
You can already block those messages in your news stream. Its built into facebook. Anytime I see a new "game" type crap leak into my news stream, thats the first thing I do.

Absolfrigginlutely!!

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Neowin isn't much different. It deletes all threads pertaining to blocking ads for the same reason.
There's a big difference between that and litigation.

XerXis said,
of course, facebook makes money of games like maffia wars, hiding the maffia war messages disrupts the viral functionality, facebook looses money.

I mean, what do you expect, a free service without advertising that lives from thin air? People have start to realize that all those services cost a lot of money

If all these stupid applications annoy me, I am less likely to use facebook.
Thank you, Neowin, for making me aware of this script.
If facebook win, I shall delete my facebook account.

Edited by Simon., Mar 26 2010, 4:50pm :

FacialTurd said,
If all these stupid applications annoy me, I am less likely to use facebook.
Thank you, Neowin, for making me aware of this script.
If facebook win, I shall delete my facebook account.

Cool story, bro. Why not just block the applications?

rheostat said,

Cool story, bro. Why not just block the applications?
I didn't knew about this script...

Blocking app notifications is frustrating , because it appears that someone gets to use a new one every other day. If they can't block that script citing legal reasons, I will think of using it.

XerXis said,
of course, facebook makes money of games like maffia wars, hiding the maffia war messages disrupts the viral functionality, facebook looses money.

I mean, what do you expect, a free service without advertising that lives from thin air? People have start to realize that all those services cost a lot of money

I guess that's the reason why people use the script though. They don't have a choice to get these alerts (Apart from manually blocking..). If Facebook wanted to, it could be like Neowin and offer a subscription service that will include an option to hide/remove these notifications/ads.

Edited by imachip, Mar 27 2010, 4:21am :

ajua said,
I didn't knew about this script...

Blocking app notifications is frustrating , because it appears that someone gets to use a new one every other day. If they can't block that script citing legal reasons, I will think of using it.

I don't know about you, but when the "application blocking" mechanism began, I was blocking applications continuously for about 3 days, but after that it died off. Now I'll block maybe 1 per fortnight, if that. 95% of my friends list play the few same games.

There are a few people who play (seemingly) hundreds of these games, but I removed these people from my friends anyway since they weren't really worth keeping in touch with (and not just because of the games thing, they were pretty lousy people in general).