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Facebook Users Voice Disgust

| Technical by Staff Reporter

As more and more graphic spam makes its way onto the site

According to reports Facebook is currently investigating why some of its members have been receiving graphic images depicting sex and violence in their news feeds.

Facebook, the world’s largest social networking site, on Tuesday said it was investigating reports that users had been receiving graphic images, including hardcore porn and explicit violence, in their news feeds.

In a statement released yesterday Facebook said, “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.

“We have recently experienced an increase in reports and we are investigating and addressing the issue.”

While this reporter has not seen any of the graphic images many other users have been exposed to, affected Facebook users are voicing their disgust on other networking sites like Twitter in an attempt to draw attention to the matter.

One Twitter user said, “At the very F'ing least, #facebook should have to investigate each and every horrible picture to discover it’s origins and get justice,” while another wrote, “i dont even like going on #facebook no more, you likely to see some body p***** or d*** in your face. #uncalledFor (sic).”

According to ZDnet, a technology website, this spam is being spread through Facebook via a “linkspam virus” which tempts users to click on a seemingly innocuous story link.

The internet security firm Sophos said Facebook could suffer long term consequences if the problem was not quickly resolved.

“It’s precisely this kind of problem which is likely to drive people away from the site,” said the company’s senior technology consultant in a blog post.

“Facebook needs to get a handle on this problem quickly, and prevent it from happening on such a scale again.”

Source: www.bizpremises.co.za