Is 'Take This Lollipop' Safe?

Bill Oberst in Take This Lollipop
Bill Oberst in Take This Lollipop

There's a video/website making the rounds and becoming viral on facebook at the moment. The website, asks permission to connect with your facebook account and gain access to most of the information that you've put on the popular social networking 'site.

Take This Lollipop

At first I was very suspicious of the website as to me it sounded a bit too much like a trojan horse, you know, the kind of thing a group such as notorious hacker group 'anonymous' or others would create in order to steal private information and just down right wreak havoc on the net. As such, I did some research into the video and its origins but wasn't able to come up with much besides a couple of articles by the New Jersey Local News and without a doubt the article that got the ball rolling for the website, a post by The New York Times's Jenna Wortham. Since then the website has shot up to nearly 4 million likes on facebook and has risen in terms of number of visitors to the website by 85% in the last 7 days alone.

The website, which connects to your facebook account as any facebook app would, creates a customized video for each user and sees a dodgy, sweaty looking guy in a dirty vest top on his computer in a dingy building, the camera then focuses on the screen of the computer being used by the dodgy looking fellow and shows him entering a password on facebook before suddenly having access to your news feed! The film then goes on to show him looking at your profile, going through your photos and more before entering the location that you put on your facebook profile into Google Maps, and it gets even weirder, after successfully locating you on Google Maps you see the man driving in his car with a print-out of your profile picture sellotaped to the inside of his car before the screen going blank and an hour-long countdown starting with your name beneath it.

Creepy huh? As it turns out though, The New York Times did an interview with the man behind the film, Jason Zada, a television and music director based in the USA, and according to him, the website was given access to over 300,000 facebook accounts in the first day alone, but insists that the website was created as nothing more than entertainment for the approaching holidays.

If you'd like to watch the film without giving the website access to your account the video below shows someone who did give the site access to their account and filmed the result.

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xosunflower 5 years ago from New Jersey

It doesn't serve the same impact when you watch someone else's profile, it's awesome the first time you see it! I didn't wait until after to do research on it because my friend insisted it was safe, but afterwards, like you, all I could find was the article that made it so popular. I also saw that it was a kind of public safety message thing that's kind of like don't give your information out to strangers and the whole lollipop thing is his take on how, when you're a kid, your parents tell you not to get into vans with people you don't know-even if they have candy. Good article!

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jeffreydjm 5 years ago from Crawley, UK Author

Yes, I agree. You DEFINITELY need to view your own personal version of the video for the full effect. Thanks for your comment and kind words. :)

HAHAHA 5 years ago

I did this and it needs to be viewed!! It is really quite eery. This is safe because it just takes a snapshot of your screen and scrolls down. And it delets all your information straight after:)

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fitnesszone 5 years ago from New York

My friend asked me to watch that website and it really creeped me out initially. But it was something unique and entertaining. And as far as safety is concerned, I agree with you, it's completely safe.

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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

One of my students showed it to me. Even though it is safe, it just seems too creepy for me.

Lucy 5 years ago

If its safe how come facebook pops up saying are u sure u want to do this ??

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jeffreydjm 4 years ago from Crawley, UK Author

Yes, as facebook will ask you this for all facebook app's.

Dawn 4 years ago

I got this from my friend on FB and i probably replayed it about 5 times, then i shard it on DevianrtART 2. once with the original video, and the other time with an article, the original video and this article. It actually scared me the first time, I would probably be even more scared if my friend didn't post in the comments on FB that it wasn't real. even more scary considering my age.

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GLlralrjafk 3 years ago

This is pretty funny

kristal 2 years ago

I got it off of movie pilot and after saying how he hates how people put stuff like this out there he did it because a friend begged him too. after you watch it he instructs you to come back to his page and leave your comments. well I was so freaked I didn't even whatch til the end. I was home alone with my 5 kids and just seeing him on my page was enough for me to go back to the movie pilot page and rip him a new one for doing that why put it out there if you know what it does. now I fell kinda silly. should I apologize to the movie pilot guy for freaking my out so bad

Hasan 2 years ago

Found your site on Google. This is a cool post. I'd like to see you take the main idea from this article and crteae another second article, and maybe you could embed a vid, also?

Anon 5 months ago

Anonymous would never steal private information!

At least not if you did not deserve it!

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