Why the mistrust? Yet another survey – this one of 4,000 U.S. adults, conducted by MyLife– found that respondents believe Facebook is less trustworthy with their personal information than the government (hello, does anyone remember the National Security Agency and Prism?), LinkedIn or Google.
Facebook’s next steps to improve the content users see in their News Feeds include taking aim at click-baiting headlines in posts from pages and emphasizing links that are shared via the social network’s link format over those shared in photo captions and status updates.
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.
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.
There is nothing funny about fake Facebook videos proclaiming the death of actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, who was involved in a fatal automobile accident earlier this month. Morgan is alive and well, not to mention reportedly improving. The diagnosis may be different for Facebook users who click on the scam videos.
Reports of the demise of Facebook’s teen user base have been greatly exaggerated, at least according to Forrester Research, which reported that the social network performed quite favorably in its recent survey of 4,517 U.S. online users between the ages of 12 and 17.