Facebook scams?
April 23, 2012 2:35 PM   Subscribe

I've noticed a lot more 'chain letter' type stuff in my Facebook news feed recently. "See what happens when you press L!" for example, or any number of apps which will create data visualizations of your profile. What (if any) is the financial motivation behind this? I have a feeling that these may be used to gain access to large numbers of profile names, or (in the case of apps) get data-mining access to private profiles. Is this the case, or is it more innocuous than that?
posted by codacorolla to Technology (1 answer total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I think data-mining is exactly the reason for those kinds of apps. Lately Facebook has become noticeably more spammy, meme-y, and sort of tumblr-like with jokes and pictures a la buzzfeed, 4chan and 9gag.

I sometimes post/share those spams on purpose to be tacky.
posted by ichomp at 3:06 PM on April 23, 2012

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