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We're generally fans of Path, the more private social network. But that could be because we have yet to experience the horror of having the service spam our address book -- even after uninstalling the app.
The Verge reported Tuesday that Path is under fire again over how the app taps into users' address books in an effort to recruit new users. Worse yet, those hoping to avoid such a dilemma have been shocked to discover the same thing happening even after the app has been removed from their device.
While we haven't personally experienced any such problems on iOS, U.K. user Stephen Kenwright gave it a try earlier in the week but ultimately deleted the app, only to discover the service had sent text spam overnight to many of his contacts.
The unfortunate incident also resulted in a series of "robocalls" -- although Path does not call users, U.K. landlines "automatically read out text messages that are sent to them," an experience users in the U.S. won't have to worry about.
Kenwright isn't alone in having Path go rogue on him, and the service is investigating why the message delivery took place after deleting the app, when they should have gone out while he was actually signed up. Otherwise, the company appears to stand by Path's ability to seek out friends, claiming it creates the best experience possible.
"Path is really best with friends and we really want to help users invite the people that they care about to their Path as quickly as possible," explained Path VP of Marketing Nate Johnson.
Path recently announced it is now in use by 10 million people, and continues to add a million more new users each week.
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