And… right on cue… here come the Facebook Dislike button scams


Facebook Dislike scamLast week the world’s press went bonkers with the notion that Mark Zuckerberg might finally relent and introduce a “Dislike” button on Facebook.

He didn’t actually say that, but never let the facts get in the way of a good story.

It seems that it’s more truthful to say that the Facebook founder and CEO wants a method through which people can empathise with posts that may contain sad news (“My budgie has just died”, etc) without the awkward feeling of pressing a somewhat inappropriate “Like” button.

As I predicted in an article last week, and in an accompanying video, news headlines about the allegedly imminent Dislike button was likely to bring more Facebook scams to the boil, offering the feature early to social networking addicts who were hungry for more functionality.

Well, what do you know… This weekend Hackread reports that it has uncovered scams on Facebook promising - you guessed it - early access to the Dislike button.

Dislike scam

Source: HackRead

In this example the scam uses the wording “Get newly introduced Facebook Dislike button on your profile”, and claims that the feature is currently “invite-only”.

Dislike scam 2

Source: HackRead

Scams like this trick you into liking pages, and sharing the link with your friends, using the bait of something alluring (a dislike button, a shocking video, a celebrity wardrobe malfunction, and so on…)

In some cases they will even lead you to pricey premium rate mobile phone subscriptions, online surveys that generate the scammers income, or trick you into downloading malicious code onto your PC.

In other cases scams like this have been used in the past to gain access to your Facebook profile, and post messages under your name - helping the scammers spam out messages to others.

Don’t be duped. If you’re a Facebook crack-addict then try to resist the urge of falling for the latest scam, and wait for Facebook to properly roll-out new features as and when they choose. Don’t worry - when it happens (whatever *it* might be) I’m sure there will be plenty of members of the media writing about it.

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7 Responses

  1. graphicequaliser

    September 21, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    Why not allow, in addition to “Likes”, an emoticon pull-down one can post a sentiment towards the post with? Simple, and allows for dislike, anger, sympathy and others! Next to the post can be a hover hint of counts of each unique emoticon attached to the post by other users. Eventually, they can then phase out “Likes”.

    • coyote in reply to graphicequaliser.

      September 21, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

      Aren’t emoticons bad enough as it is ? To give them this idea…

    • Studley in reply to graphicequaliser.

      September 22, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

      Interestingly, that’s almost the exact approach taken by Slack, who launched just such a feature recently:

      • graphicequaliser in reply to Studley.

        September 22, 2015 at 5:34 pm #

        Wow, that’s popular! FB should definitely adopt it!

  2. David L

    September 21, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    Facebook crack addict ! LOL made my day,thanks!

    Seems the bad guys are in high gear this summer with a smorgasbord of opportunities to exploit all platforms. Just read a threatpost article about a firm like “Hacking Team” that buys zerodays and is offering millions in bounties for Hacking IOS 9 . With Apple constantly fixing vulns in WebKit/ Safari, over 150 in just the last three updates to the operating system, I don’t think it will take too much effort! Here is the link to ios hacking contest (-:

    • graphicequaliser in reply to David L.

      September 21, 2015 at 4:56 pm #

      And, again, another security site using an obsolete cipher. Jeez! Give me strength! They are just asking for it!

  3. coyote

    September 21, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

    If you’re a Facebook crack-addict then try to resist the urge of falling for the latest scam”

    I think you’re being rather nasty to crack addicts. At least the crack addicts don’t care how many ‘friends’ they have (or how many ‘likes’ they ‘get’). That they aren’t attention-seekers (and they aren’t sniffing for attention either) is something positive (though many won’t see THIS as positive but I’m perfectly okay with that).

    Edit: Of course, you could say that many people (especially those in their teenage years or twenties) are indeed addicted to Facebook, and that’s something negative too. Facebook has a different kind of withdrawal, though, and it could be an interesting experiment to compare the withdrawals (as long as it is done safely) of the two drugs.

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