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Facebook Spam Yields $200 Million per Year

Aug 29 2013, 1:52am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Facebook Spammers Earn $200 Million per Year
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The spam content on Facebook is big business. It is reported to yield close to $200 million per year. Ways of eradicating this nuisance are being looked into.

Facebook Spammers pull in some hefty profits each year. When calculated they amounted to $200 million. This huge sum of money speaks volumes about the attraction of the wild claims of Internet spam. Facebook has been trying its level best to end the source of irritation yet it is an uphill battle. As two Italian researchers said, spammers post links to Facebook pages. In turn, they are directed to third party scam sites.

These shrewd and clever spammers employ link-shortening services to camouflage the areas the users are being lured to. Indirectly, Google especially Google AdSense is benefitting from all this. The spam posters receive an average of $13 to $58 per post. When you multiply this amount with the number of days per year the result is a whole lot of cash. 

And when you take a look at the spammers, they are not the least bit contrite at their wrongdoing. In fact, they almost seem to be taking pride in it. As one of them spoke recently “Facebook doesn’t ban us, simply because we generate the content on Facebook itself.”

Meanwhile, when Facebook officials were questioned regarding this, they said that they were working on the problem. However, they did say this much that it was not an easy task separating the wheat from the chaff. It would take some time before the bad browsers were eliminated from the social network. 

Source: Guardian

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