FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
AP: Facebook can’t tell anti-fracking fanatics from spambots.
Just thought that I’d rewrite this title (“Facebook’s spam program catches innocent users“) into something a bit more accurate. Executive summary: anti-fracking* activists – and more general environmental… types… – have been discovering that their regular posting and commenting patterns on Facebook has been winning them two week spam-bans from Facebook. Now, Facebook obviously doesn’t particularly want to give out its anti-spambot protocols, but you can pickup some clues from the (somewhat confused, in a hilarious sort of way) complaints. It turns out that if you go on Facebook and:
- comment multiple times a day on posts about one specific topic;
- post comments in rapid succession;
- never, ever post anything else;
- always include links (this was not said, but I’m betting that people were always posting the same links);
- and haunt one particular page;
…then you run a high risk that Facebook’s automated anti-spam software will judge that you’re a spambot, and give you a fifteen-day block in response. And do you know something? Facebook’s automated anti-spam software is correct. You are a spambot: you’re just a Luddite spambot who lacks the expertise to automate the process properly. And do you know what happens to spambots, at best? That’s right: they get tuned out.
So maybe some people should take Facebook’s subtle, if probably unintentional, hint.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: There are many, many, Luddite spambots out there, by the way – all posting away on a variety of topics. And, yes, some of them are nominally on my side of the spectrum. I am thankful for my spam blockers.
*Hydraulic fracking is a method where fluid is injected into a deposit of oil or gas in order to increase extraction rates. It’s the current trendy cause among the radical Greenies, and I fully expect to get Luddite spambots earnestly telling me how horrible the whole thing is. Did I mention that I am thankful for my spam blockers?