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No. 0     Original Topic:  What really offends me with people on Facebook, etc   
By:  YoBro-MOTBOC   Gender: M   Age: 63   on  Aug 24, 2017 at 4:18 PM   Viewed 435 times     
It offends me that people use this social media to post things that require re-posting or sharing with amen. Then there are those that actually will add a promise of blessings or curses if we don't follow the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Anything, any one thing that is different than what the word of God stipulates as following Christ is purely witchcraft; this is an abomination. We are not to chant what other say to chant.


And on this I will say amen and AMEN
No. 1     Reply: Re: What really offends me with people on Facebook, etc   
By:  Vickie   Gender: F   Age: 62   on  Aug 24, 2017 at 4:59 PM     
Yes, I have to ignore that nonsense. We cannot rub God's big toe and have 3 wishes granted.
I also ignore the terribly sad pictures posted by those trying to get 'hits' for money and the desperate pleas to copy and paste 'if I'm REALLY their friend'.

No. 2     Reply: Re: What really offends me with people on Facebook, etc   
By:  Kari   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Aug 24, 2017 at 5:36 PM     
I feel the same. I don't hit the share button on those and I don't copy and paste. There's also the ones posted on your wall or you get in a private message that tell you how "loved and valued" you are...... and you're to send it on to all the "special" people you know, including the one who sent it so they know they're "special" too.

Do you know it actually has a name? it's called LIKE FARMING



Facebook has changed the way people do a lot of things online. For example, you probably notice yourself reflexively clicking “like” on anything your friends post on Facebook, even if it's just to acknowledge you saw it. Scammers are taking advantage of that reflex for a dangerous scam called "like-farming."

What is like-farming?

Like-farming is when scammers post an attention-grabbing story on Facebook for the express purpose of cultivating likes and shares. Based on the way Facebook works, the more likes and shares a post has, the more likely it is to show up in people's News Feeds.

Like farming works because the average Facebook user doesn't know any better. They think, "What does it hurt to simply like something?" But, it can hurt you personally, and others. These posts and pages are often used to spread malware, or as a phishing scam to collect your personal information. That information is then used for further scams and can be
sold on the black market. It's a way for scammers to work around Facebook's algorithm, and put malicious code in front of more people.

This gives the scammer more eyeballs for posts that send people to malicious downloads or trick them into providing information. The big question, of course, is why Facebook doesn't stop these posts before they get too big. And that's where the real scam comes in.

How the scam works

Scammers have found a simple way to fly under the radar during the early phases of their operation. The story they originally post to Facebook has nothing dangerous about it. It's just a regular story that anyone might post.

Only after the post gets a certain number of likes and shares does the scammer edit it and add something malicious. In fact, if you go back through your history of liked posts, you might find that some of them have changed to something you wouldn't have liked in a million years. By the way, if you’re not sure how to review your likes

So, what kinds of stories do scammers start with to trick people into liking and sharing?

Posts that should give you pause

One popular type of story is the emotional one. You've definitely seen the posts that show rescue animals and ask you to like if you think they're cute. Or maybe it's a medical story where you're asked to like that the person was cured or to let them know they're still beautiful after surgery.

There are also the posts that ask for a like to show that you're against something the government is doing, or that you disagree with something terrible happening in the world. Or maybe it's the ones that say "If I get X number of likes, then something amazing will happen for me" or "I was challenged to get X number of likes."

Basically, any post that asks you to like it for emotional reasons, unless you know the person who created the original post, is quite probably a like-farming post.

Other types of scam posts to avoid

Emotional posts aren't the only ones you need to watch for. There are a lot of scams on Facebook, and most of them can be used for like-farming. A popular one, for example, asks you to like or share so you can win something cool. These pop up most often when Apple launches a new iPhone or iPad.

You might have seen people posting on Facebook during the recent Powerball frenzy that anyone who liked their post would get a share of their winnings. How real do you think those were?

What about brain-teaser posts, such as the ones that have you like or share if you can read the words backwards or solve a tricky math problem? Yep, those are often like-farming posts, too.

And it isn't just posts; it can also be pages. A scammer might set up a page for "I love puppies" or what appears to be a worthy company or organization. It puts up enough content to get a lot of likes, then switches the content to spam and scams. Once you've liked the page, everything new the scammers put up goes on your News Feed – and in some cases your friends' feeds as well.

How to avoid like-farming

Your best bet to avoid like-farming is to be very judicious about what you like and share on Facebook. Don't just reflexively click "like" on everything. Take a look at where the post is coming from. If it's from someone you don't recognize, it could be a friend of a friend or it could be a complete stranger. It would be good to find out.

Notice the content and whether it promises anything for liking or sharing. If it does, it's a good clue that it's a scam of some kind. The same goes if you feel pushed or pressured into clicking like or share
No. 3     Reply: Re: What really offends me with people on Facebook, etc   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Aug 24, 2017 at 6:15 PM     
I do not do those things.

I only recently became more of a FB user. Primarily for a class I was taking. Suddenly I went from only like 30 friends to 300 friends, and have like a half dozen or more requests to be friends always pending.

Slowly, I am now unfriending and/or at least unfollowing, those that fill up my page with things I have no interest in. And being more scrutinizing of those who's friend requests I accept.
No. 4     Reply: Re: What really offends me with people on Facebook, etc   
By:  crayons   Gender: M   Age: 61   on  Aug 24, 2017 at 7:28 PM     
SJW anarchist with a runny nose
plays in the basement
as the cold wind blows

~~in the fakebook ghet~to~~

No. 5     Reply: Re: Re: What really offends me with people on Facebook, etc   
By:  Devaprakash   Gender: M   Age: 73   on  Aug 24, 2017 at 8:32 PM     
crayons wrote:

SJW anarchist with a runny nose
plays in the basement
as the cold wind blows

~~in the fakebook ghet~to~~


Yes, it is a ghetto. But it helps in keeping in touch with friends and relatives.
No. 6     Reply: Re: What really offends me with people on Facebook, etc   
By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Aug 24, 2017 at 8:52 PM     
I don't care for those hocus pocus type posts or the ones that try and lay some guilt trip on you either.

I either ignore or delete them.

They are nothing but nonsense and to be honest kinda annoying.
No. 7     Reply: Re: What really offends me with people on Facebook, etc   
By:  crayons   Gender: M   Age: 61   on  Aug 24, 2017 at 9:10 PM     
Fakebook Annie
Gators got yer Granny

& she was a mean razor totin woman~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

ladies & gentlemen Elvis has left the building.
No. 8     Reply: Re: What really offends me with people on Facebook, etc   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Aug 25, 2017 at 9:52 AM     
Facebook is for you what you make it to be. It is amazingly not the same experience for all. Little different than most anything is what you make it to be for yourself.
No. 9     Reply: Re: Re: What really offends me with people on Facebook, etc   
By:  YoBro-MOTBOC   Gender: M   Age: 63   on  Aug 26, 2017 at 4:12 PM     
Vickie wrote:

Yes, I have to ignore that nonsense. We cannot rub God's big toe and have 3 wishes granted.
I also ignore the terribly sad pictures posted by those trying to get 'hits' for money and the desperate pleas to copy and paste 'if I'm REALLY their friend'.



Yes I know what you mean. "NOBODY WOULD PRAY FOR THEM" 1 LIKE & SHARE WITH AMEN
No. 10     Reply: Re: What really offends me with people on Facebook, etc   
By:  YoBro-MOTBOC   Gender: M   Age: 63   on  Aug 26, 2017 at 4:16 PM     
crayon you are killing me. remind me of my trucking days when we would just say something to wake another driver up, You got a good sense
of humor
No. 11     Reply: Re: What really offends me with people on Facebook, etc   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Sep 2, 2017 at 8:14 AM     
One thing I can say about Facebook, it does not matter the time of day or night, I can login and enter a whirlwind of constant activity and communication. Reminds me of my early days in the MC forums.
No. 12     Reply: Re: Re: What really offends me with people on Facebook, etc   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Sep 2, 2017 at 8:19 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

One thing I can say about Facebook, it does not matter the time of day or night, I can login and enter a whirlwind of constant activity and communication. Reminds me of my early days in the MC forums.


I hear many say Facebook allows them to keep up with what is going on.

Every time I login to Facebook, I become aware of how far I am behind. And see no hope of catching up.

I cannot keep up with the activity nor the communication shared on Facebook.