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Why does ATS Require a Verified Social Network Account for Signing Up?

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posted on Feb, 13 2017 @ 10:29 PM
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ATS requires members to sign up with a social network account.

You have to sign up for an ATS account using an account from either,

Google, Twitter, Youtube, Facebook or Linkedin.

Not only that, it also says this,

www.abovetopsecret.com...



Note: You must use the selected social network every time you log into AboveTopSecret.com. Also, AboveTopSecret.com only uses the authentication data and username, provided by the social network you select. We will never access or use any other information for any reason.


You will never? But you can?


Why is there no email sign up?

Why do you require your members to use a social network account that requires identification by telephone nr.?




Well played.......but at what cost.

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posted on Feb, 13 2017 @ 10:35 PM
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a reply to: SafePlace

No. I never log in or out of ATS. Neither do a few 100,000 members worldwide. For months and years at a time...always logged in.

Never used any social site to join. Ever.....not it 7 years so.......?????????????????????



posted on Feb, 13 2017 @ 10:35 PM
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a reply to: SafePlace

Huh? i must of slid under the radar...i have got no social media accounts....i did need an e-mail though.



posted on Feb, 13 2017 @ 10:35 PM
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WTF..?

This has to be Fake News...




posted on Feb, 13 2017 @ 10:37 PM
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a reply to: mysterioustranger

So it must be a new policy. There is no other way to sign up now.



posted on Feb, 13 2017 @ 10:38 PM
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a reply to: SafePlace

And you really need to read the Ts and Cs you agreed to as a member. What you can and cant post, or links and sites not allowed...how to do this and upload pics, links, videos...and what can get you banned.

Some sites you also cant quote or thread from as they are known HOAX sites.....


Start there.



posted on Feb, 13 2017 @ 10:39 PM
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a reply to: SafePlace

Welcome. I only needed an email address to sign up.



posted on Feb, 13 2017 @ 10:40 PM
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This must be new. I don't think I had to do that in 2009.

Could be for verification purposes? To make sure you are a real person and not some random loony who just got 20 email addresses to make 20 different accounts? We've had some crazy people join- after all, they let me in!



posted on Feb, 13 2017 @ 10:41 PM
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a reply to: mysterioustranger

I wasn't asking for directions. I am asking why I need a verified social network account to use ATS?

You don't see a problem with this?



posted on Feb, 13 2017 @ 10:42 PM
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a reply to: mysterioustranger

and what can get you banned.

Not everything that can get you banned is in the T&Cs...




posted on Feb, 13 2017 @ 10:43 PM
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a reply to: Lolliek

And you don't think this will deter some people from signing up? Like, you know, intelligent people who don't have social network accounts? Or people who don't feel comfortable posting here with their verified social network account following their post behavior on ATS.
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posted on Feb, 13 2017 @ 10:44 PM
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originally posted by: SafePlace
a reply to: mysterioustranger

I wasn't asking for directions. I am asking why I need a verified social network account to use ATS?

You don't see a problem with this?


Ya....were you mocking the T&Cs mysterious or actually promoting them?




posted on Feb, 13 2017 @ 10:45 PM
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Weird I don't remember needing to do this at all. Must be new.



posted on Feb, 13 2017 @ 10:48 PM
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originally posted by: Puppylove
Weird I don't remember needing to do this at all. Must be new.


It certainly wasn't that difficult in 2007 when I enrolled in ATS. But I notice more and more websites saying that you have to be connected to Google, Facebook, etc.. in order register...or to make a comment. What's the point of this? Anyone know?



posted on Feb, 13 2017 @ 10:48 PM
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a reply to: Puppylove

So there is now a situation in which older members don't need a social network account to exist here, but new members do?

That's racist.



posted on Feb, 13 2017 @ 10:48 PM
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Must be new,
I have a Google account since they bought you tube and merged accounts, but I refuse to link it to forums.

You must have missed an "other" link.

Maybe ats should refuse to accept linked accounts- keep some of the riff raff out...



posted on Feb, 13 2017 @ 10:50 PM
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a reply to: SafePlace

Just an email was needed here , a while back members were asked to open twitter accounts and like ATS . Maybe something to do with that . Link to thread below .
www.abovetopsecret.com...




On Twitter, 100,000 followers is a magical turning point at which an account like ATS (with 65k followers now) goes from important to relevant. When that happens, our tweets, favorites, and links become higher-value in Twitter searches. So for just random Twitter searches on something like 9/11 Pentagon, with 100k followers, our tweet will most-likely appear near the top. Additionally, at 100k followers, the ATS Twitter feeds appears more often in suggested feeds when people are looking for new sources of information to follow. But must importantly, 35k new followers will be a big deal. While our current status with 65k followers is quite good, those have been cultivated over a period of years. A good percentage of our existing total followers are likely not active on Twitter.

Looks like they did not get 100k .


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posted on Feb, 13 2017 @ 10:50 PM
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a reply to: carewemust

I think it is clear what the point is. Kill net anonymity.



posted on Feb, 13 2017 @ 10:50 PM
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WTF

And google etc basically force you to verify your cell phone number now.




posted on Feb, 13 2017 @ 10:51 PM
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a reply to: SafePlace

more like time-ist...depending on your timing of signing up.



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