According to Facebook, you have nobody to blame but yourselves – and maybe your friends.
Earlier this week, complaints began rolling in about violent and sexually explicit images, links and videos overwhelming user’s news feeds. Some Facebookers claimed that they’d mysteriously liked inappropriate content, sent/received suspicious chat and direct messages, or were tagged in disturbing images by their Facebook pals.
Although it’s not clear who originally conjured up the poisonous code that was eventually shared with gullible users, the ultimate problem lies with the curiosity that drives folks into clicking – or in this case, copying and pasting – items that they shouldn’t.
A Facebook spokesperson released the following statement:
Protecting the people who use Facebook from spam and malicious content is a top priority for us, and we are always working to improve our systems to isolate and remove material that violates our terms. Recently, we experienced a coordinated spam attack that exploited a browser vulnerability. Our efforts have drastically limited the damage caused by this attack, and we are now in the process of investigating to identify those responsible.
Many have speculated that the hacktivist group, Anonymous is behind the attack. Earlier this year, rumors surfaced that Anonymous was going to attack the popular social networking site and bring it down on November 5th, 2011 in celebration of Guy Fawkes Day. However, that turned out to be nothing more than hot air as the 5th came and passed without any signs of an attack – until now.
Either way, Facebook claims to have identified who is behind the attack and intends on seeing them in court. Let’s hope they bring the evil-doers to justice!
It’s still up to you users to stop clicking those “special offers” and crazy video links, though. Curiosity is a dangerous thing.
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