Scammers Move In: Facebook Getting Sketchy

from the movin'-on dept

While it was definitely interesting to look at the reasons why Facebook was able to crush MySpace in the social networking world, it's also true that there are more and more questions about the sustainability of Facebook. We recently wrote about the claims of a potential toolbar scammer being one of Facebook's top advertisers, and while Facebook denies the company has ever advertised with them, others claim they're still seeing those very ads. Either way, a new research report suggests that scammers are increasingly targeting Facebook -- with some level of success. It appears this may quickly become Facebook's next big challenge. Historically, Facebook was more immune from scams and spam due to its private nature. However, as the company has continually pulled back on privacy and pushed people to open up more, it's also allowed in all sorts of openings for spam and scams.

Filed Under: scams
Companies: facebook


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    Mike Masnick (profile), 24 Jan 2011 @ 10:08am

    Re:

    i realize that Techdirt hates rules . . .

    Huh? Not true at all. What gives you that idea?

    but doesn't the idea of scammers hurting facebook help people understand the role of property? If everyone hates facebook, that's one thing, but if Facebook is hurt because someone is hurting users in their name, shouldn't Facebook be allowed to sue them?

    Sure. I'm all for laws that prevent fraud. Why do you think otherwise?

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