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Facebook Unveils Another News Feed Change To Fight Spam

Facebook Unveils Another News Feed Change To Fight Spam

Facebook’s News Feed feature is a great way to stay connected and engage with your friends. However, the more spam content that floods your feed, the less likely you’ll be to keep coming back. That’s why Facebook unveiled another change to its algorithm this week that will shove content from spammy users so far down…

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Facebook Strikes Back Against Clickbait Once Again

Facebook Strikes Back Against Clickbait Once Again

Facebook has had a busy few months fighting clickbait and spam. This week, it announced another set of sweeping changes to its News Feed policy that show the site is intent on eradicating phony content forever. The policy tweak will drill down to a post-by-post level to fight spammers and scammers by examining if a…

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Facebook Announces Crackdown On Spammy Links

Facebook Announces Crackdown On Spammy Links

When people talk about Facebook’s problem with fake news and spammy content, what they’re really discussing is the site’s News Feed algorithm. After all, that’s what allows these malicious posts to reach users in the first place. So, it was big news this week when the social media giant announced it will roll out a…

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Facebook, Google Fall Victim To $100M Scam

Facebook, Google Fall Victim To $100M Scam

Facebook catches a lot of criticism for not doing enough to protect its users. However, a recent criminal case shows that the tech giant might not always be great at safeguarding itself, either, as it recently admitted to falling for a $100 million scam. The massive scheme was allegedly orchestrated by a Lithuanian man, Evaldas…

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‘Fake News’ Stories May be Used to Spread Viruses

‘Fake News’ Stories May be Used to Spread Viruses

Facebook introduced a new tool this week to help curb the spread of fake news. The feature will flag false stories and discourage users from sharing them. While the subject of fake news has become a political flashpoint, there is also a practical reason Facebook wants to fight back against it: these links often contain…

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Facebook Scam Asks Detroiters To Pay Court Fines On Social Media

Facebook Scam Asks Detroiters To Pay Court Fines On Social Media

Scams can take many forms on Facebook, from con artists impersonating military personnel to acting like a potential romantic partner to solicit money. However, a new scam in Detroit seeks to take advantage of people down on their luck by impersonating a district court clerk’s office. The con involves fake Facebook pages offering a discount…

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Report: “Facebook Customer Service” Search Leads To Scams

Report: “Facebook Customer Service” Search Leads To Scams

If you use Google’s search engine to find Facebook customer service, there’s a good chance you might end up on the phone with a scam artist, according to a new report from NPR. When the news organization searched “Facebook customer service,” the very top search result was a sketchy-seeming phone number. Google even highlighted the…

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From Saturday morning facebook will become chargeable – Hoax Alert

From Saturday morning facebook will become chargeable – Hoax Alert

Another silly Facebook hoax is spreading virally across the platform. We have received numerous reports containing the following message: “From Saturday morning facebook will become chargeable. If you have at least 10 contacts send them this message. In this way we will see that you are an avid user and your logo will become blue…

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Facebook is Free and Always Will Be

Facebook is Free and Always Will Be

A common hoax that gets circulated over and over again claims that Facebook is going to start charging users a service fee. Over the years we have seen countless variations of this silliness. Listed below is a new one that is currently making the rounds: “Hi I’m Carlos The Director of facebook THURSDAY WE ARE…

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[Scam Alert] Beware of Image Files spreading Ransomware on Facebook & LinkedIn

[Scam Alert] Beware of Image Files spreading Ransomware on Facebook & LinkedIn

Security researchers recently discovered Locky Ransomware being spread on Facebook and LinkedIn. This new attack is being called ImageGate by Checkpoint security researchers. The malware is distributed by infected SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) image and graphic files. Users are prompted to download a codec allowing them to view the file in question.  We often warn…

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