First of all, my sincere apologies to all my Facebook friends who got “my” invite into a “Check who has blocked you on Facebook” app earlier this morning. I received a similar Facebook message from a someone I trust and regard highly, and clicked the link. Apparently, this circulated the spam around my own friends, and before I figured out what was going on, it was too late…
Of course, I immediately posted a warning on my Facebook account, and received the following replies:
Lesson for me learn: do not trust Facebook messages from friends until Facebook sorts out its anti-spam/-scam mechanisms.
Advice to Facebook:
- Manually approve invites-generating apps
- Introduce thresholds for the number of invites to be sent out through an app (sudden spikes should raise red flags)
- Introduce a mechanism for monitoring spikes in “likes” too (more below)
- Once a violator is exposed, ban not only the app, but also the developer of the app
- Make it possible for users to uninvite people, or somehow reverse the process of a spammy invite if it happens
Until this happens, the customer satisfaction with Facebook will just continue to fall.
By the way, I still don’t understand how a spammy app like this could get 7,000+ “likes”:
Seems that the “like” button is quickly becoming one of Facebooks most often abused tools [see this recent post of mine too].