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Facebook looking at porn in news feeds

2011-11-15 22:35

Washington - Facebook said on Tuesday it is investigating reports that some members of the social network were receiving graphic images in their news feeds.

"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," Facebook said in a statement.

"We have recently experienced an increase in reports and we are investigating and addressing the issue," Facebook said.

Graham Cluley of computer security firm Sophos said in a blog post that the images appearing in the news feeds of some Facebook users included "explicit hardcore porn images" and "pictures of extreme violence".

"It seems highly offensive spam content has successfully spread via Facebook for 24 hours or more," Cluley said, adding that it not immediately clear how it was being spread.

"What's clear, however, is that mischief-makers are upsetting many Facebook users and making the social networking site far from a family-friendly place," he said.

A number of Facebook users took to Twitter to complain that their news feeds had been invaded by pornographic and violent images.

Facebook is the world's largest social network with more than 800 million members.

Comments
  • Piet - 2011-11-16 03:44

    Get Google+ Much more user friendly, better and more options to organise your different networks and feeds. Most importantly, it is more secure and you will not be spammed by other users. Hilarious that you can only post comments on this site via Facebook.

      Steph - 2011-11-16 05:48

      Google+ has a sum total of 3 people in my network - totally useless until more people join - I cannot create a page for my business --- FB has their own version of circles anyway - so there's no clear advantage to google+. Oh yes, and lastly - you can't login to Google+ with a Google Apps account - which is useless for those of us who use Google Apps for business .....

      Piet - 2011-11-16 08:00

      @ Steph - thanks for the comments with a thumbs up to you.Just remember, the FB circles only got developed after Google+ had it for a long time. FB became to complacent and does not care about their users anymore. I can agree that some may not recognise security, feed segmentation and no spam as any added value, however these are things that are really important to me. One last thing to keep in mind, it is not Google+ creating the network, it is the users.I am an avid supporter of Google + (as you are fully aware by now) : )and have coached and guided all my friends to whom I want to communicate to join Google +, we even started this in it´s Beta phase last year. As for business, I agree that is a pity, but hey keep in mind, Google + only officially started recently - some of the best apps, functions and services will be launched in the very near future.

      bothahe - 2011-11-16 10:09

      As soon as it grows enough, hackers will target it as much as it targets facebook. Won't be long before they have the same issues.

      profkaygee - 2011-11-16 16:54

      @Steph, I will have to disagree with you on that part. I don't know how true your statement is of logging in but there are hangouts for business.

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2011-11-16 06:32

    the hackers warned FB months ago and they did nothing to beef up their security. thank god these hackers ddnt lyk gv er1 a vicious virus. Hardcore porn isnt so bad, lol.

      jason.dutoit - 2011-11-16 07:41

      this is not the work of "hackers" per se. it is simple misdirection. a user receives a post saying something along the lines of "see who's been looking at your profile", which they then click. a pop-up shows on the screen asking for permission to run this supposedly too-good-to-be-true app and the user clicks accept. the app then does its nefarious deeds and then spams all the friends of the user with bait so all of them will spread the insurgent too. other bait used includes "see a video of [insert celebrity name here] doing [insert unbelievable activity here]", "LOLOL this is too funny to be believed" and "twenty-three of your friends can't click on the bird/see the hidden picture/solve this puzzle. can you?". fb users are a bunch of morons when it comes to things like this. if something seems too good to be tryue, it most likely is. people need to wisen up. this stuff is the fb equivalent of "i am nigerian royalty and i neeed your help to get $40 million out of the country" or "verify your bank details with us!" that one commonly finds in emails...

  • ron.lawrance - 2011-11-16 06:50

    If Facebook did not default to insecure browsing this would not have happened.

      Mike - 2011-11-16 07:57

      Not true, mostly the issues are click-jacking.

      Piet - 2011-11-16 08:03

      It is possible to link up through https.

  • Monique - 2011-11-16 07:56

    I am equally horrified and dissapointed as yesterday, scrolling down the news feed on my home page, a friend of mine has re-posted a pic of a dog looking like a golden retriever, beaten and lying in the corner with BLOOD all over the show. Now, for me...that is extremely offensive and I cannot get that image out of my head! Children are bound to see this too...bad for FB, very bad.

      DerpyHooves - 2011-11-16 08:19

      Um, shouldn't you then blame your friend instead of Facebook for the picture? You could always just mark it as offensive and the picture will be taken down.

  • Derryn - 2011-11-16 09:03

    I've been hit by a virus and you feel so stupid because all this porn with comments allegedly from you pop on people's walls. It's terrible... I have my boss and her daughter on fb...

      Heiku - 2011-11-16 09:50

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Stroopwafel - 2011-11-16 09:52

    Maybe the hackers were paid by Google so people will use Google+ more... No but seriously, don't click on fishy links people! If you get hacked on facebook, it's because you were dumb enough to click on a phishing link. And if you feel dumb for getting your facebook account hacked, it's justified to feel so since you are dumb and naive.

  • kseyffert - 2011-11-16 12:41

    Lets hope the perpetrators are in a country where you can charge them for this kind of behaviour. Lets also hope that facebook can prove who they are. Then they can be nailed as an example!!! If you want porn go get it yourself. The rest of us don't need or want it thrust at us!!!

  • Ambi - 2012-02-17 13:08

    Remove that damn timeline rubbish.....it's unbelievably user unfriendly and annoying

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