With nearly 5,000 Facebook friends I probably see a lot more weird stuff on Facebook than you. I’ve done my best to block Farmville, Mafia Wars (sorry players it’s just not for me) and their ilk. Still my wall still gets plastered with the spam you see above a few times a week!
This girl got expelled from school, but sometimes she’s arrested or jailed or commits suicide. If you click you’re led to a come on for a sleazily sexy story, revealing pics or both. They’re all pretty much the same.
It’s nearly certain the person posting this stuff on my wall doesn’t even know they were tricked into allowing it to happen!
Like I said earlier I block lots of stuff, but this scam is impossible for me to stop. Every time it shows up it’s coming from a different app… or more likely the same app just differently named! Facebook lets you block apps not concepts!
There’s a bigger problem here. Facebook has become the mall or the coffee shop. It’s a place where people meet. Most of these people are not sophisticated computer users.
None of this would happen without Facebook’s automated app approvals. Facebook is the inadvertent facilitator.
We wouldn’t let the mall harbor criminals or pests. Why is it OK when they hang out on Facebook instead?
As Facebook becomes larger and larger don’t they become obligated to police their territory? Right now they seem to be doing a pretty poor job.