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William Shatner Does Not 'Like' Facebook's New App for Celebrities

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By    |   Monday, 28 Jul 2014 08:09 AM

William Shatner posted a lengthy screed on Facebook's new app for celebrities, and he doesn't "Like" it.

"I'm not quite sure why Facebook released this app for 'celebrities,'" he wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. "It seems to be ill conceived."

The first big flaw the actor found with the new Mentions app is that it dictates what celebrities to follow. Shatner reportedly found this not only redundant, but also insulting after the app suggested he follow long-time frenemy George Takei — his old colleague from the "Star Trek" days.

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"If this app is for celebrities then WHY force them to follow another celebrity in order to set up this app? I think that is a flaw; I’m already following those who I want to follow . . . The first person on the list I was given was George Takei (rolling my eyes.) I ended up choosing Robert Downey Jr. to follow and then I hid his posts (sorry Robert!)."

The 83-year-old Shatner is a regular tech aficionado. He posted the review to his Tumblr, regularly posts several times a day on Twitter, and also has multiple Facebook apps to manage his social life as well as his interaction with fans.

"I already have the Facebook App, the Pages App, and now the Mentions App is on my device. So I seem to be in the best position to compare them," he wrote in his review of the new Facebook Mentions app.

In the end, Shatner concluded that none of the three Facebook apps are the ideal all-in-one app.

"I will probably use [Mentions] to post to my Facebook when I’m on my phone but it doesn’t allow for mail or groups. I will continue to use my regular Facebook App as well as the Pages app."

The new app, "Mentions," is available to any Facebooker who has a blue check on their profile, proving their identity has been "Verified." Twitter also uses this system for verifying celebrity identities, but The Huffington Post noted that Shatner has found the company's bar for celebrity status a bit too low at times.



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