With Traffic Sliding, Facebook Unveils Its Latest Dirty Trick To Juice Engagement

Authored by Jack Morse via Mashable.com,

Facebook is feeling lonely these days. 

The social media behemoth has seen a decline in traffic in recent weeks along with millions of users leaving its platform, and it appears to be taking rather drastic measures to win them back.

Specifically, spamming the hell out of them in a most unfortunate place.

So says one account holder, Gabriel Lewis, who tweeted that Facebook texted "spam" to the phone number he submitted for the purposes of 2-factor authentication. And no, he insists he did not have mobile notifications turned on. 

What's more, when he replied "stop" and "DO NOT TEXT ME," he says those message showed up on his Facebook wall.

Lewis explained his version of the story to Mashable via Twitter direct message. 

"[Recently] I decided to sign up for 2FA on all of my accounts including FaceBook, shortly afterwards they started sending me notifications from the same phone number. I never signed up for it and I don't even have the FB app on my phone."

Lewis further explained that he can go "for months" without signing into Facebook, which suggests the possibility that Mark Zuckerberg's creation was feeling a little neglected and trying to get him back. 

According to Lewis, he signed up for 2FA on Dec. 17 and the alleged spamming began on Jan. 5.

A screengrab showing when Lewis first signed up for 2FA on Facebook, and the beginning of the alleged spam.

Image: Gabriel Lewis

We reached out to Facebook to find out just what, exactly, is going on here. Is this some kind of bug? Perhaps a limited test? It's not really clear, as the comment offered from a company spokesperson didn't shed much light on the matter. 

"We give people control over their notifications, including those that relate to security features like two-factor authentication," noted the spokesperson.

"We’re looking into this situation to see if there’s more we can do to help people manage their communications."

Importantly, Lewis isn't the only person who claims this happened to him. One Facebook user says he accidentally told "friends and family to go [to] hell" when he "replied to the spam."

This doesn't look good for for Facebook. Zeynep Tufekci, a self-described technosociologist, professor at UNC, and frequent Facebook critic, voiced some particularly strong concerns. 

As far as Lewis is concerned, Facebook attempts to woo him back have more or less backfired. "I feel like they are constantly pushing me to come back to the service but this is not the way to do it."

After all, no one likes a desperate ex. 


Mr. Universe J S Bach Thu, 02/15/2018 - 20:17 Permalink

I really hope this steamrolls. All that will be left are the pathetic liberal losers whose lives turn on every Tweet. Here is is the kind of mentality we are dealing with.

In yet another incident that proves beyond any reasonable doubt that the political Left in America is becoming more insane by the day, a white woman recently sent out what The DailyWire’s Ben Shapiro rightly deemed “the single stupidest tweet in human history” regarding the just-released movie, “Black Panther.”

“On Monday, senior editor and ‘planetary evangelist’ for The Planetary Society Emily Lakdawall got herself into a Twitter mess over her suggestion that she skip the opening weekend of” the movie, Shapiro wrote.

Lakdawalla tweeted: “So I carefully did not buy #BlackPanther tickets for opening weekend because I did not want to be the white person sucking Black joy out of the theater. What’s the appropriate date for me to buy tickets? Is next weekend ok?”

There is no fixing this.

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SixIsNinE Mr. Universe Thu, 02/15/2018 - 21:16 Permalink

you know it's a mighty synchronicity as I listen to Craig Charles Trunk of Funk right now as i read your post - and it's James Brown playing - so my point is:

in 2001 when I lived in the Bay Area I got tickets to see James Brown play in Oakland @ the Paramount - totally psyched to see the legend in person, knowing he was getting old (*would die a few years later)

so get this :  I was expecting at least a majority of blacks to be in the audience - NO.  90% white and 10% black.   awesome show.

James Brown the Godfather! Respect!


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Sector Catalyst Stuck on Zero Thu, 02/15/2018 - 23:30 Permalink

I haven't interacted with that cucked beta twink "social media" platform since 2011.  These type of "social" platforms provide a medium for everyone stupid enough to engage with it to compare themselves and their lives with one others.  No wonder so many people are depressed and Big Pharma is jizzing in their pants with the legions of anti-depressant subscribers.  

Hopefully Mark CocksuckerNerd dies in a grisly fire.



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Withdrawn Sanction SMG Thu, 02/15/2018 - 21:11 Permalink

Facebook IS dying....and good riddance. Everyone and I mean everyone in my teenagers' circle of friends would not be caught dead on FB. Their view is FB is for bored housewives and stalkers. It is SO uncool. So they've lost the 15 to 21 demographic, and the 20 somethings seem to have better things to do than update their "Wall." And if you think the ad fraud at Newsweek is confined to them, I'll bet money FB is cheating on their traffic metrics too. Dead man walking.

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OneZero Withdrawn Sanction Thu, 02/15/2018 - 23:09 Permalink

One of my friends from High School passed away. I messaged about 30 friends to get together and send flowers. It took some of them 6 weeks to get back to me. No one replied in less than 72 hours: " Sorry it took so long.I never check my FB page." I also had FB updates start showing up on my phone after I provided a number (but never downloaded the app). Twitter showed up on my phone after a software update with my contacts' tweets showing up as messages. I'm about done.

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mkkby OneZero Thu, 02/15/2018 - 23:59 Permalink

Lesson learned, kid.  None of those people are your friend.  Your friends are people you see regularly and you can go to their house uninvited and be welcome.  If it takes them weeks to respond then you have lost touch and are no longer friends.

Social media has destroyed friendships by degrading them to occasional texts.  You traded that away so Mark Zuckerfag could have more billions.  It takes work to maintain relationships.


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pigpen SMG Thu, 02/15/2018 - 21:13 Permalink

SMG, I'm rooting hard for every citizen to download brave browser and destroy the digital advertising model

He who controls the browser controls the money.

Brave renders digtal advertising, tracking and malware model useless and works by DEFAULT on any device and operating system.

Run your social media out of brave browser and block everything even YouTube plus you can listen to YouTube while doing other things.



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GeezerGeek pigpen Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:09 Permalink

"He who controls the browser controls the money."

Unfortunately, the elephant - or more appropriately, the jackass - in the browser room is Chrome, Goolag's creation. Alphabet needs to be broken into pieces using anti-trust laws. Eric Schmidt and friends didn't spend all that time with Nobama out of a love of liberty.

For anything but the shortest videos I use youtube-dl so I can watch longer videos chunk by chunk. I've heard that some of the ads encountered watching live actually contain malware that executes background code while the ad is running (but what do I know?). I've used youtube-dl on both Windows and Linux, mostly without problems. (On my primary surfing system the downloads have gotten irritatingly slow lately. Oddly, on other, newer systems the downloads are much faster. I wonder if the Evil Giant got annoyed with my numerous downloads on that machine.)

Friends don't let friends use Chrome.

Or the associated search engine. Or their online Docs applications. Or their mail application.

Eschew evil.

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pigpen OneZero Fri, 02/16/2018 - 00:17 Permalink

One zero, it is fantastic. Use it on my Android mobile and Apple iPad. I don't have desktop.

I'm an evangelist and don't work for company but tire of online advertising, tracking and malware. The goobook still my data but don't share money with me. I will get one person a day to change to brave.



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pigpen ProstoDoZiemi Fri, 02/16/2018 - 01:49 Permalink

Prosto, brave is funded by Peter Thiel and they are trying to use blockchain to disintermediate advertising with their attention token.

Most digital advertising is fraud and bots. Brave gives you a way to pay content a micropayment if you choose. However, brave has been designed to block advertising, malware and tracking by DEFAULT out of the box.

Brendan is CEO and was founder of JavaScript script.

You will really appreciate speed and I run all my social media via brave browser.

Good luck serving me an ad, seeing an ad and tracking me around the web.

One person at a time. Get citizens to change browser. He who controls browser controls the money. Kill the goobook monopolies.



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bhakta VWAndy Thu, 02/15/2018 - 21:05 Permalink

The censorship of Facebook is so blatant now that I have practically abandoned it entirely. Formerly I would enjoy discussions and interactions, but today I hard see anything that is interesting to me. And my posts are not being commented upon at all, which means hardly anyone is seeing them.

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