Trash The Spam On Your FaceBook Page
Meeting A Friend On FaceBook Brings Surprises
Have you ever been a fan of a friend on FaceBook via their business page, but not through their personal page? I realized this situation existed for me in relation to a good and trusted friend, who happens to also be a wizard at computers.
When I realized the discrepancy between the two types of FaceBook pages, I found his name and then became an "internet" friend. Okay. We're connected and I like to see what people post on their page. Perhaps they will have an awesome quote or bit of wisdom to share?
Yes. I found something super about reducing stress and tucked this information away to use later. However, on the right hand side of the page, plastered for anyone to see was the image of a bikini. This didn't seem like it fit, so, I sent him a message to the effect, "Did you know this was on your FB page?"
In response, he said this was FaceBook advertisements and we could not do a thing about this situation, unless we used an AdBlocker extension on Chrome. After some consideration, I went back to his page and noticed a little "X" on the top right corner of that particular advertisement. And, since I'm not an admin on his page, I would go ahead and click that.
Oh! But, wait. I forgot to tell you that before I even emailed him, I did CLICK on that ad link to see what he was up to. Whereupon, the link would not go through to any page. So, maybe it was spam?
THE POWER OF YOU
After clicking the "X" I received my reward for inquisitiveness and bravery. You have the option to improve the advertisements on your friend's FaceBook page.
You have the choice to either MARK THIS AS SPAM or REPORT THIS STORY. I chose to mark as spam. I can't tell you about the other choice, but most likely FaceBook might go through an investigation to find out more thoroughly about a story.
You have been empowered in an environment that usually takes away your power. In other words, FaceBook continues to gather information on your every page view and every click. So, what do you think FaceBook thinks of me now? Will they try to spam my view on FaceBook even more? You know that when something is annoying, sometimes the system likes to push buttons and push you to your limit before you take action.
So, TAKE ACTION FIRST!
What intriques me is that in all likelihood, only visitors to your page see these ads, while you, the owner of the page, do not see what's placed prominently there. Not my idea of a good idea!
TRASH THE SPAM
As a result of clicking the "X" and taking action a new advertisement replaced the unacceptable image and message. Looking at something that did not POSE as a video uploaded by the page owner, but certainly appeared as a definite advertisement made the message clear. FaceBook inserted an AMAZON coupon off and I knew for sure this was a commercial.
A little bit wiser and now my friend and I continue to communicate and clarify what's happening with his page.
My Little Pet Peeve
FaceBook Controls The World | I think we might call it a monopoly. People still say they are working with me when I don't even know them from a hole in the wall. FaceBook monetizes your personal data and photographs. You don't own them anymore - they do. The more people complain, the more changes we see. Sometimes I think they really listen and will give us more options and setting choices. The only problem for busy people who do not have the time to go in every week or so, means we must learn about what to do, where to find the options and figure out what to do with these changes.
All I can say to friends on FaceBook | Be Vigilant and Take Action in Order to Take Control of your space. Remember, what you put on the internet will trail behind you.
We'll have to talk about the new FaceBook Search Function another day.
For those of you who want to put a total block on all advertisements, you have many selections. I do believe these might also block you from areas or views that you also DO want to see.
Surf the web without annoying ads using:
Adblock Plus for Firefox
Adblock for Chrome from CNET a most reliable company
IE's built-in Tracking Protection feature does ad blocking. No add-on needed.
How To Block Spam On Twitter | I wrote this article a couple of years ago, but it still has some super tips and hints that you might enjoy
How to Install AdBlock Plus in Chrome or Firefox
Tell Your Friends They Can Help Out
FaceBook posts commercial images on your page that may not be your cup of tea. Be warned and help out a friend by removing unwanted ads.
About the Author
Debby Bruck, CHOM loves to write about various topics of interest including social networking, poetry, discussing serious subjects about the environment, health and sometimes dabbling into politics. You may find a good number of blogs on the different social networks like Twitter.
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