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Facebook: the Place for Hard-Core Porn & Violence?

If you're seeing porn or other disturbing imagery on your friend's Facebook page, you may not want to unfriend him just yet.  But you will want to avoid clicking on any news stories on his page.

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Facebook: the Place for Hard-Core Porn & Violence?

A new Facebook virus or scam appears to make the headlines every day.  In 2011, Facebook has seen a dramatic uptick in the spread of hardcore porn and violent images/video, many with photoshopped celebrities like Justin Bieber.  The imagery is extremely disturbing (depicting bestiality, self-mutilation, etc.), and is now prompting some users to deactivate their accounts.  Security experts suspect that the international hacking group, Anonymous, may be behind it.

The virus spreads through “click-jacking,” in which users click on what looks appears to be a benign news story.  Instead, the alarming photos are posted on their walls, and links to it are posted on the walls of all 500 of their closest friends.

Facebook is actively fighting this kind of attack and attempting to educate users to prevent the click-jack virus from spreading.  What you can do?  Don’t click on any suspicious public links on Facebook, even if it’s from a friend.  Be especially cautious when clicking on a link that takes you to a site external to Facebook or requires you to download software.

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