Identifying Facebook Spam

Recently Facebook added a new feature that publishes a link to your profile whenever you like something on a webpage. Spammers took quick notice of this new feature and have created ways to trick you into liking their links. What happens is that when you click on a link like the one shown below, it will then take you to a page that looks similar to a Youtube video. When you click on the video, it will force you to like the page on Facebook. This will post a link on your wall to Facebook that will show up in your friends’ feed. The cycle then goes on and on tricking your friends into liking the same video or page.

This spamming technique is tough to identify and I will be the first to admit that I have been tricked as well. The problem is that the spammers often come up with provocative headlines that draw people in. Once you like something like this it can often be embarrassing when your friends see what you’ve been clicking on.

There is an easy way to get around this however. Just look at the URL (shown below) if it looks shady. Just mark post as spam.


I hope this helps you guys out. I’ve just seen too many of my friends get tricked by this and it was annoying me.

Grant Friedman

Grant Friedman is a graphic design, blogger, and author. In addition to being the founder of this website, Grant is also the editor of Psdtuts, one of the world's most popular tutorial websites.

  • In last days are many link with content, i don’t know why people click on them, it’s really spam.

  • Boy howdy I tell ya Facebook spam is the worst. I don’t even really use the site aside from page updates. But even then we get so many fan requests and messages from spammers these days, poor zuckie just can’t contain himself.

  • Thanks for the tips! Facebook spam is pretty easy to detect so at least we have that going for us.. Spammers make me sad :(

  • Spam can usually be spotted a mile off, the people on my facebook who have clicked this spam crap tend not to be the most intelligent of people anyway..clearly :)

  • As Adrian says in his comment, I don’t understand it either – Facebook spam is the most obvious of all, never is it related to the content of the page and it stands out like a sore thumb. Therefore why people even bother is beyond me – if it’s obviously spam to me and you, then it’s obviously spam to everyone else too.

  • It makes me aware in so many tricks and it really helps to me to detect pages which are annoying. It is really bad what some people get away with. Thanks for the tips!

  • It seems that actually Facebook can delete those messages automatically, but thanks for the tips, worth it.

  • Facebook spam is everywhere lately, and it seems to comes in waves of people falling for a particular link…but I completely agree that it is some of the easiest to spot. Not sure how so many people just can’t catch on!

  • Like death and taxes, spam is one of life’s inevitabilities. From junk emails to fake pharmaceutical advertisements to bogus comments on websites like this one, spam is a very real (if aggravating) part of online life.

    As Facebook emerges as the communications platform of choice for a growing number of individuals and brands, the spam problem — both from other users and from applications — becomes a more pressing concern.