Bad News For Facebook

Update: Facebook responds, offers advice on dealing with Spam.

Myspace really started going downhill when it was overtaken by spammers pushing Macy’s giftcards. The problem even got so bad that they ended up collecting over $200 million in statutory damages from two of the responsible spammers. Personally, I stopped using Myspace almost entirely when I started getting more spam messages than real one’s, sometime in late 2006. I can’t help but wonder how many million other social networkers switched to Facebook for the same reason. Here is the typical Macy’s spam that caused so many problems for Myspace:

So far Facebook has done a great job avoiding a similar fate. While many applications on FB are annoying and could be used for nefarious purposes, it hasn’t been much of a problem so far. I’ve feared for a while that spammers would find a way to invade Facebook in much the same way. When I signed on this morning, here is what I saw:

Hopefully Facebook is not overwhelmed by Macy’s (and other) spam in the same way Myspace was. Today’s development is not encouraging.

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2 comments so far

  1. cory brim on

    this hppened to me, i sent a message to all my friends, i use a mac, how can get rid of this problem?

  2. […] Posted October 27, 2008 Filed under: Social Networking | Since writing about the emergence of Macy’s spam on Facebook last week, I’ve been inundated with search traffic and emails on the subject. I wrote a quick […]


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