Facebook Won't Survive Major Porn Spam Attack

dislike button facebookThe Internet is vast and amazing and life-enriching in so many ways, but all of that goodness definitely comes at a price. You can't get what you want from it without enduring a little something known as SPAM. I know the Hawaiians dig the food version of it, but that word -- whether referring to weird canned meat or virus-laden ads that pop up in email, your web browser, or your fave social network news feed -- always makes my stomach turn. So, as you can imagine, I'm a little nauseous right now just thinking about what's happening to Facebook today. Reportedly, they've been hit with a gigantic porn spam attack!

That's right, people. Don't go anywhere on your news feed until you get home tonight, because it's probably NSFW (not safe for work).


Some of the images cropping up include explicit hardcore porn images, PhotoShopped photos of stars like Justin Bieber in creepy sexual situations, pictures of extreme violence, and even a photograph of an abused dog. Totally sick, twisted, and sad! This has gotta be bad, bad news for Facebook.

Until recently, it's seemed like the social network has managed to stay somewhat free of nasty spam like this. Sure, you'd get the occasional virus ... someone "liked" something about Charlie Sheen, which was actually a malicious virus, and that ended up spreading like wildfire on the site. But for the most part, full-on spam storms like this have been few and far between ...

Is it a sign that Facebook's security is in the dumper? That they've let their guard down too much? That there are just now way too many users on the site, and it's dunzo? It's possible to blame all of the above. Regardless of the cause, I've always thought any kind of user-experience inundated with spam was headed for yesterdayville. Just think about some of the web-based email services we used to use regularly (AOL, Hotmail) and how well they dealt with spam (or didn't!). Or MySpace. Yeah, spam Hell.

If Facebook can't remedy this fast, furiously, and come up with a damn good excuse for why it happened, it's possible we'll soon be pointing to them as the next social network to jump the shark.

Did you notice spam in your news feed today? Does it make you feel like Facebook is on its way out?


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