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Facebook Steps Up The War Against Spam (And Porn!)

Facebook ads more granular controls for admins of pages

Facebook adds more granular controls for admins of pages

I was excited to read that Facebook now lets page administrators ban fans and spammers! I tweeted it, and several people replied back, “couldn’t we always do that?”  The answer is that yes, you used to be able to, but recently that ability has been taken away from several areas.

The functionality of this is back, and it’s well done! I love it, if for no other reason than page admins can now ban users based upon pictures they upload! Up to this point, it’s been a real cat and mouse game, trying to pull down questionable pictures before they were up for too many people to see.

This has been particularly problematic on some of the larger pages we manage…those with over a million fans.  Porn spammers have been getting around the Facebook rules by putting up bikini or semi-nude models in the fan pictures section, then putting the porn URL in the description.  Tricky…there wasn’t really any way to ban this before, and it couldn’t be reported as pornography because it didn’t show certain body parts.

Starting now, we page admins can flag the photo AND request to permanantly ban the user from the page, as well as take down all content they have previously posted.  This is most certainly worth the price of admission.

This may be a part of a larger effort by Facebook to crack down on spam; as I take a casual glance around some pages that I know are often targeted by these types of photo-spammers, I can’t find a single questionable image.  Either the admins have really stepped it up, or Facebook has, or both! Either way, I applaud the effort.

It’s nice to see Facebook make such a pro-admin move.  Well done, Facebook.

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By Matt Singley

Personal: husband to Alison, father to four amazing kids. I used to live a fast but enjoyable life in Los Angeles, now I have chickens on acreage in Charlotte, North Carolina. Just a bit different. I'm an advocate for cycling as much as you can and eating as cleanly as you can afford. Professional: I'm the CEO of Singley + Mackie, a creative digital agency that serves well-known lifestyle and entertainment companies around the world. Clients include Microsoft, Samsung, Hulu, YP and others. If you want to find the more-professional me, go to http://singleymackie.com