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Facebook lists Google+ as 'unsafe'

Symantec did Facebook an accidental favour this week, listing outgoing links to rival Google+ as malicious.
Written by Michael Lee, Contributor on

Symantec did Facebook an accidental favour this week, listing outgoing links to rival Google+ as malicious.

Facebook has previously partnered up with Symantec, using its Norton product to scan links that users post on their walls, pages or profiles. The idea behind the service is that users will receive a warning if the link is considered to be unsafe, allowing them to avoid phishing schemes or malware drive-bys.

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However, earlier this week, most links to Google+ resulted in users being warned that the link was potentially unsafe, even if the link was to legitimate content.

Symantec has since issued a statement saying that it "became aware that some Facebook users were experiencing a false positive for some Google+ URLs".

"This false positive, which mistakenly flagged legitimate sites as potentially malicious, was corrected immediately," the statement said.

According to Symantec, Google+ links were not listed as malicious by its Norton Safe Web product, and the company has taken steps to ensure that similar false positives do not occur again.

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