Has Facebook Blocked Google+?

Google and Facebook are at it again. This time one of Google’s executives posted a video implying that Facebook is blocking friend links on the rival network. But, Facebook countered quickly claiming the implication is preposterous.

“We are getting reports of Google+ invite links not showing up on Facebook news feeds anymore (they appear to have stopped Friday).” wrote Vic Gundotra, Google’s senior vice president of social business. “I wonder how widespread this problem is?”

Gundotra even posted a video that clearly demonstrates what he wrote. In the video he shows a simple message being typed on Facebook that is immediately visible on his friend’s Facebook page. Next, he submits a Google+ invite link that doesn’t immediately show up. You never see the invite on Facebook, which implies Facebook suppressed it.

Facebook has been quick to deny the accusation, and even explained to ZDNet that it was unable to replicate the situation. Most likely, Facebook’s display-filtering technology that helps prevent spam eliminated the invite link. Suggesting the links were simply being posted too frequently and causing the spam system to block the invite-link.

Another item in Facebook’s favor is that ZDNet could not replicate the experience, nor could FoxNews.com. The blockage was temporary. If you try posting a Google+ link on Facebook it goes right through. It had stopped by yesterday morning.

FoxNews.com is speculating that the video post was sparked by some derogatory remarks about Google+ from Sean Ryan, director of game partnerships for Facebook, saying candidly that the upstart social network had no users.

The situation sounds a little bit like youngsters fighting over nothing. But, Google should have a policy that refrains employees from posting unproven accusations without proper authorization.

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