Facebook filed a complaint last Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against New Jersey man Christopher Peter Tarquini, whom the social network accused of being a “recidivist” spammer behind messages that claim to direct users to pornographic images and videos of celebrities, including a fake sex tape featuring Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, Sophos’ Naked Security blog reported.
Facebook recruited 10,000 U.S. users for its Facebook Feedback Panel. Are you among them? If not, you’ll be pleased to know Facebook doesn’t want to turn into SpamLand, but don’t expect that ads to stop anytime soon. This is probably a good thing, though — for your marriage and other personal whatevers you put out there.
The revamped page insights Facebook began testing with select page administrators in June have been refined based on feedback from those admins and are now being rolled out to all pages, along with some new features, the social network announced in a post on its Facebook for Business page.
The Internet offers a ton of distractions for you when you’re trying to work, but Facebook might be the site you find yourself surprised to be on the most. There’s something addicting about being completely up-to-date on everything your friends are doing, but sometimes it can really hurt your productivity. Good thing there are a number of ways to change your settings in order to keep Facebook from distracting you too much. Cut down on notifications, chat windows, and spammy inbox messages so you can get back to work.
Spam has been an issue for as long as email has existed, and a new report by social media security and compliance company Nexgate sheds light on just how prominent spam has become within Facebook and other social networks, saying that social spam exploded by 355 percent during the first half of 2013, and sharing some particularly alarming statistics regarding Facebook.
Facebook originally filed a lawsuit against Power Ventures and its now-defunct Power.com site, which billed itself as a portal for users’ social media accounts, in December 2008, claiming that Power.com accessed and stored users’ login information without permission. U.S. District Judge James Ware ruled in favor of the social network in February 2012, and Thursday, Facebook was awarded more than $3 million in damages, as well as a permanent injunction against Power Ventures and its founder, Steve Vachani.
Despite continuous efforts by Facebook to curb spam, it still represents a lucrative opportunity, as Italian security researchers Andrea Stroppa and Carlo De Micheli told The Guardian spammers who post links to Facebook pages, which direct users to third-party scam sites, are earning about $200 million per year for their troubles.
According to a recent survey among 9,000 Facebook brand pages, 7 percent of all posts published are considered spammy by the users. It is Komfo – a social media marketing suite provider – who has conducted the research and it further shows that the spammy posts lead to a significant decrease of the reach of the pages.
Facebook may have reported 1.15 billion monthly active users in its second-quarter earnings report Wednesday, but as of Dec. 31, 2012, approximately 5 percent of those may have been duplicate accounts, while 1.3 percent may have been accounts that were improperly classified by users, and 0.9 percent may have been fake accounts, according to the Form 10-Q the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday.