Scam: Facebook Now Has A Dislike button!

Scam: Facebook Now Has A Dislike button!

Summary: A new Facebook scam exploits your desire to have a Dislike button on the social network in addition to the Like button. You should know that Facebook will never add such functionality to its service.

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Facebook scammers are once again exploiting ignorant victims who want to see the social network add a Dislike button. This is one of those scams that frequently comes up again and again, because Facebook will never add such a button.

This version says something along the lines of "Facebook Now Has A Dislike button!" followed by a fraudulent link. As you can see in the screenshot above, it also has the following description: "You asked for it, now you can get it. Just follow this link to enable"

The link in question takes you to a webpage which claims to allow you to install the Dislike button. Instead of getting such a button, you'll be told to share the link with all of your Facebook friends, as well as add a comment. The next webpage urges you to sign up for a premium rate mobile phone service, complete an online survey, and/or buy some pills.

The scammers' goal is to drive more traffic towards certain sites. This is how the scammer earns his or her money: a commission for every survey completed, every product purchased, and/or every account compromised. They also use them to spread malware and obtain personal information.

As a general word of caution, don't click on everything your Facebook friends share on the social network. If you see a scam like this one, report it. Then go check your own Wall to make sure you're not spreading the scam; the sooner you clean it up and Unlike any relevant Pages, the better. You can also contact Facebook Security if you'd like to.

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Topic: Social Enterprise

Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • "because Facebook will never add such a button"

    Do you have any information that backs that claim? Not that I'd even want one, just wondering what leads you to state that with such authority.
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