Spamming is a major issue today, especially since the Internet has developed from ARPANET to the INTERNET.
Usually spamming was only common in e-mails but today with the emergence of social media and various social media platforms and activities, spamming has become highly widespread on social platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn too.
Nowadays many of us fall victim to both spamming and phishing on major social platforms and it can be really irritating and frustrating.
What is the difference between Spamming and Phishing?
|Spamming is a process carried out by marketers or social media page managers who keep distributing the same message aimlessly to a large no. of Internet users||Phishing is an effort to obtain sensitive information like usernames, passwords, card details and so forth for malevolent reasons by cloaking oneself as credible means of electronic communication.|
Spamming on Facebook
One can get spammed on Facebook if you share too many links with people you do not know or if you keep posting your links on other groups.
As Facebook emerges as the new ‘it’ platform for communication for a large no. of people spread out across all nooks and corners of the world, spamming and phishing has become a pressing concern.
This platform or medium is going to different lengths to curb such activities. According to an expert team, the spamming situation has been tamed by nearly 90-95% but there isn’t any automated system in the world that isn’t flawed especially one as large as Facebook.`
Here’s how you can control Spam on this platform
- Be cautious of link scams. Many experts have been fooled by such scams and such scams are making the rounds quite frequently. Many users have fallen victim to such scams and it one big pain in the arse! Believe me. Let me give you an idea of what such a link looks like.
A few spams are easy to spot like the one above but others are a bit more difficult to detect. Facebook did have a lot of quiz options earlier like finding out your cause of death or finding out which celebrity you look alike. Scammers have thoughtfully planned out a process to trick you into believing that you’re taking a quiz but in reality you’re being scammed. Be Wary of such links. Such links may include “Find out at what age you’re going to become successful” or “When will you turn into a mini-Ambani” whilst the very common ones to detect come in titles like “OMG! You won’t believe why I won’t be eating at MC Donald’s ever again! ” or something related to that.
You should also be wary about online promotions, according to reports; a man in the U.S. was duped by artists (con artists/hackers) for clicking on an ad that made people believe there was an airline promotion.
To break down possible scams on Facebook just keep in mind that:
- Short links with text on your wall from friends who do not normally post links like that can be dangerous.
- Do some research on the apps you’re installing or downloading and if the app seems too good to be true then trust your gut on this one.
- Be cautious of what kind of ads you are authorizing to post on your wall.
- Sometimes you get a message in your inbox from friends with links, It would be a great idea not to click on them or else you are only inviting trouble.
If you do however fall victim to such scams here’s what you could do:
- Go to your privacy settings and click on the option Apps & Websites
- You will see a list of recently accessed apps from your account. If you find an offending app then remove it.
- Delete the messages posted on your behalf by the app & do notify your friends that might have been spammed.
How to Moderate Spam Comments on Pages
Mostly all social platforms have a spam filter that scoop out comments on a Page that the platform thinks contains spam.
Such Filters work quite well but it’s wise to check every now and then that genuine comments aren’t marked as spam.
Another way of avoiding spam on your page is to make your profile private and only let your friends view your posts and comments.
Why does one get blocked in groups?
Sometimes we get carried away with our content and post it in multiple groups which results in us being blocked and ‘jailed’ on Facebook. To avoid spamming, do not post your content all at once in different groups. Wait for a couple of hours or minutes then post it on groups and change up the title a bit. People take facebook promotion way too serious in some cases and that’s when they get kicked to the curb.
Even if you share copied content then chances are you’ll be spammed or considered a spammer. (For unique content writing services you could go through our website’s blog section).
Do not tag random people. They will only block you or report you as spam in return.
You should be wary of what information you’re providing Apps with
A rule of thumb for when you’re using apps
Check what information the app requires. If it is essential for you to give access to your e-mail then you should think twice about installing it or giving it access to your personal details.
Be wary of clickjacking. Clickjacking is a process of spamming users by tricking a user into clicking a rogue app then leading the user to a page with a hidden like button. Apart from this, the user’s friends are spammed as well.
Weapons to Fight Spam On Facebook
A system called Sigma used to combat spam or malware. Sigma basically identifies malicious actions and activities like spamming, phishing and even links to malware. If this system does detect bad content then it removes it automatically.
Sigma has been updated and is now Haskell powered. Today, it serves more than a couple of million requests every second.
The Working of Sigma
Sigma runs on a set of rules that are called policies. Every interaction like status updates, likes, comments etc, causes are evaluated. Such policies help identify and block suspicious interactions before they affect users.
The original language that was designed for writing policies was FXL (Feature eXtractionLanguage), and it wasn’t ideal for expressing the rising scale and complication of Facebook policies. It lacked definite abstraction conveniences, such as user defined data types & modules, its implementation based on an interpreter and it was quite slow.
Haskel measures up very well. It is a functional and typed language that has a very mature optimizing compiler and a very interactive environment.
It also has abstract facilities that we need along with a rich deposit of libraries available. And most importantly it is backed by a very active developer community.