“I love every single Facebook feature and every spammy post that shows up in my News Feed,” said NO ONE EVER. No matter if you are a dilettante dabbler or a Facebook fanatic, you undoubtedly at some point or another have asked yourself, “Why does Facebook do it that way? And why can’t I change it — even a little bit?” There may be some foot-stomping involved depending on your level of frustration. Facebook always has its reasons, of course, and while it claims to want the best user experience, the reality is that the company has a bottom line to meet and advertisers to keep happy. So what is a poor Facebook user to do (besides dump Facebook, but let’s not get crazy)? Call in the Social Fixer — that’s what!
What’s wrong with Facebook blue, anyway? The promise of changing the colors of users’ Facebook profiles is once again being used to bait victims of the scam into installing malware, according to Cheetah Mobile.
You see a post offering a $200 Nike gift card, so you share it (as requested) because “it can’t hurt to try!” Well, it may not “hurt,” but at the least, it’s super annoying to see these pop up all the time (they’re obviously not real, come on) — and at the worst, they actually do hurt, spreading malware to your own and your equally gullible friends’ computers. It’s time to stop this madness, folks. Sit on your hands until the urge to share these things passes if you have to.
Attention, Facebook users: If you really want to own a Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG, you’ll have to buy one from a dealer, like everyone else. Facebook pages claiming that they are giving away the automobiles to users who enter contests by liking the pages, liking and sharing promotional posts, and choosing the colors of their cars in comments are scams, according to Hoax-Slayer.
Just when you think scammers have hit rock-bottom, they find a way to go even lower. Daily Mail reported that online scammers are attempting to drive traffic to websites promoting adult hook-ups and counterfeit drugs by using fake Facebook pages supposedly paying tribute to victims of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 (MH17), which was shot down over Ukraine last week.
Baby products from Johnson & Johnson might be staples in several households, but sadly, the pharmaceutical giant is not giving away free baby relief kits on Facebook. As Hoax-Slayer pointed out, posts of this sort are a scam aimed at baiting Facebook users into participating in surveys.
Facebook page administrators, beware: While the social network does have verified pages, do not respond to notifications from a page called Verified Page that request permission to take ownership of your pages.
Prepare to see fewer stories from applications in News Feed, as Facebook announced a change to its News Feed algorithm that will emphasize what it calls explicitly shared stories from apps, or stories that users share by taking explicit actions, and cut back on implicitly shared stories, or stories automatically shared by apps without actions by the users.
It’s good to see that scammers on Facebook have diverse musical tastes: Following the report of a scam promising free Rolling Stones tickets earlier this week, Sophos’ Naked Security blog also shared similar hoaxes involving One Direction and the Tomorrowland electronic music festival in Belgium.