Think Twice Before Liking, Commenting And Sharing A Story On Facebook
The emergence of social platforms has definitely helped people around the world and there are many cases which has made the best use of its wide reach. However, there some people who are called as like farmers who take undue advantage of your good nature.
You might have come across stories of sick people and animals which ask you to share, like or type ‘Amen’ to show your support. Most of them actually do these stuff and respond to the request emotionally. But, the fact here is that most of the times the images are hijacked by scammers who use it for their own benefit.
Here’s how these scammers take advantage:
- Facebook’s algorithms place a high value on popularity – which is measured by likes, shares and other forms of user engagement like comments.
- Therefore, the fb pages or posts that get the most likes, shares and comments have more chances of being highlighted in people’s feeds and being seen by other fb users.
- Once the level of page’s popularity is high enough, the like farmers or scammers can do the following things:
They could remove the page’s original content and replace it with something else like a malware and scam advertising.
Sometimes scammers use stock images of random babies.
They could leave the page as it is and use it as a platform for continued like-farming to spread malware, collecting information or engage in harmful activities.
These posts exploit people’s desire to help.
They could sell the popular site to cyber criminals in a black market web forum.
Though, you don’t give any vital information by responding to them, they will get to know that you can be emotionally manipulated in future.
As blogger Courtney Westlake says:
“When it comes to posts like this, one share does NOT equal one prayer. One like does NOT mean you think the baby with a physical disability or difference is ‘still cute.’ One comment does NOT mean the sick child or abused puppy ‘will be saved.”
The important thing here is to know that reacting on Facebook will do no good to the family or the person in crisis. If you really want to help them out, make sure you reach out to the family itself or at least be sure that the news is genuine.
When it comes to FB, think hard before you like, share, or comment.