Facebook Malware, Blocking and Threatening Bans, Plus Changes To FB Inbox Privacy, and more…

December 31, 2012 · 41 comments

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Facebook Malware, Blocking and Threatening Bans, Plus Changes To FB Inbox Privacy, and more…

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 Facebook has been all over the news again this week… with interesting stuff going on nearly every day! 

 Here’s what you need to know… 


00:12     Double Feature -> Find the other half here.
00:50    Facebook’s run-away CPA based Malware apps 
03:31     What you can do if a friend gets infected by this malware
04:33     Spontaneous friend-request blocking likely an infection
05:44     Facebook Threatening Ban For News Event Disagreements of Information
08:15     Facebook Changes Inbox Privacy (Shifts non-contacts to “other” folder with other false positives)
10: 18    Facebook Tests Fee To Let Non-Contacts Get In Your FB Inbox
13:50     Changes to rules on cover photos and promoted/sponsored/ad images (no more than 20% text) 
15:40     Facebook Tip: How to View Fan Only Engagement
16:45     Study reveals that people don’t like social media marketing (Truth Serum) 

 I look forward to hearing your thoughts! 

~ Kim ~
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marquita herald December 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Hey Kim – enjoyed your update as always. Wanted to let you know I clicked on the link to the Truth Serum study and got “You 404’d it. Gnarly, dude.” Same thing happened with another link in the second part of your update.
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Donna Merrill December 31, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Hey Kim,
Haven’t encountered the Malware yet. The Facebook public and privacy changes are making me a little nuts because I get a lot of those males popping up. I just delete them. Or sometimes share it with David for a big laugh.
As for Facebook monetizing their audience, I think it is something they are trying to do and may succeed?
The other rule about the cover image…I feel the less words the better.
Wonder where that came from?
Thanks for the link of the “Fan Only Engagement” Need to check that out!
Off to check the links you have given. Thanks so much for keeping us posted and good to see you feeling better.
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babanature January 2, 2013 at 8:05 am

This is a very informative post and the video is also superb. thanks for the share Kim


Clint Butler January 2, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Kim, another installment of some great information. Thanks for all that you do!!
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Julieanne van Zyl January 3, 2013 at 6:17 am

Hi Kim, I know for sure that the Aussie population is definitely more tolerant of internet marketers’ hype than Europeans are. Although, I believe that because of the internet, we are getting more and more like Americans every day:-) The world is getting so much smaller!
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Sarah Park January 3, 2013 at 8:20 am

Hi Kim,

Thanks for sharing these updates on Facebook. Facebook is indeed exerting a lot of effort to keep their users satisfied. I am absolutely enjoying the new privacy setting because my account had been hacked twice before.


Kumar Gauraw January 3, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Hi Kim,
I am the first time visitor to your blog and therefore this is the first installment of some great information I just consumed.
Thanks for sharing this very useful information and I am sure I am bookmarking your website to visit again.
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David Merrill 101 January 3, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Interesting information, Kim.
I hear a lot of complaints about FB groping for revenue-building strategies. Ironically, the people who complain the most seem to be the same ones who use FB so freely for promoting their products/services… and often using methods that make the Aussies and everyone else dislike social media marketing.
I think the free ride is over, but it’s still one of the best platforms you can find for building long-term relationships and a sincerely engaged fan base.
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Lydia Brown January 5, 2013 at 7:53 am

I do understand what FB is doing its a business and since going public have to make money to satisfy investors but darn it is annoying. I think the part that is bothering the most now is allowing people to pay to contact me if I have it set I don’t want to be open to that kind of contact. What can you do we use it for free but the limitations I feel they will continue to come as FB monetizes. Thankf for keeping us informed.
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Rick Lelchuk January 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Informative as always. I got the 404 message also. I love the legend you’ve put in so people can zoom in on areas of special interest. It is a very thoughtful way to acknowledge that not everyone is interested in everything.

Is what is put on Facebook protected by the First Amendment? Or is it their site and they can do what they please? Wondering.


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Garen January 5, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Yeah, I received a message from my friend the other day stating they needed money because they were held hostage…lol. It was all broken english. Wanted money Western Union. I was like yeah that looks real legit. Very annoying when people post crap on your wall which is a result of malaware. It’s sad that people have nothing better than to try to steal personal information from people on Facebook. Also, don’t reply to them!
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Holly January 5, 2013 at 7:10 pm

If I need to know it, I know where to go!! Thanks, for the informative post and video… I have some checking up and educating myself to do!! Not familiar with too much of this til now!
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Michael Levy January 5, 2013 at 10:02 pm

I have to say Kim, Facebook seems to be changing all the time to the point where I can’t even keep up. Thanks for sharing this one as I wasn’t aware of the different privacy issues again in the news. Thanks Kim!


Nile January 6, 2013 at 1:07 am

I find Facebook changes way too much with some of their policies like some ass is behind the scenes that wished they had a political position and wanted to control people more. Some changes just throw marketers and business owners through a loop to revamp their strategies.
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Alan Cuthbertson January 6, 2013 at 2:16 am

Hi Kim great video again. I am really getting tired of trying to keep on top of Facebook changes these days. The malware is rampant and the privacy changes etc. trapping unsuspecting users. They need to get a hold of this problem as people are already leaving FB in droves and this will not help keeping the public trusting FB.



Shelley Alexander January 6, 2013 at 2:24 am

Kim, I so appreciate you sharing this important info on malware apps on FB. I have not seen it yet but I will absolutely avoid it. I just got a invite to advertise on Linkedin but did not try it. Thanks for keeping all of us up to date on things that affect us on social media.
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nick catricala January 6, 2013 at 3:23 am

THANKS so much ONCE AGAIN for all yoru precious information for all of us to be aware… you sure know what you are doing KIM :-) I am truly amazed of how you do all this.. but I let you continue and hope soon will be able to follow your leads much better.

Hope your health is much, much more improved in every way and you will have an AMAZING YEAR as you deserve it…. HAPPY NEW 2013 again
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nick catricala January 6, 2013 at 3:26 am

Hey kim, not certain my previous comment went though.. I waited to long to load and then when I click again it say it was duplicated.. anyway.. hope it went through.. if not I will get it later :-) HAPPY NEW year again and hope all is well healthwise…
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Corey January 8, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Facebook has been making so many changes it’s hard to keep up. Your content is great though. I really love the videos!


Dr. Erica Goodstone January 8, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Kim, Thanks for sharing such a thorough explanation of what is currently going on with Facebook. I noticed some of the things you talked about, like additional messages – especially instant chats, very annoying, from someone I don’t know. And I received one of those pfishing emails coming from a friend in Twitter saying he made over $100 taking surveys. When I spoke to him, he had never sent that and closed his twitter account because of it.


Kim Castleberry January 9, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Yeah Erica, the phishing twitter direct messages remain an ongoing problem. The phishing hacker folks just keep getting sneakier and sneakier and keep doing way too good of a job evading any attempt to put a real end to it. In some ways, Facebook has actually done a better job managing phishing attempts than Facebook has – but the recent one on FB that they couldn’t seem to put a stop too sure didn’t make it look that way. All in all, people just have to learn to use a keen eye on anything they receive, view, or get sent online.


Gurwinder January 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm

That was awesome information. I wanted to thank you Kim for letting people know some of the rules that are coming up real soon. We still have time to make any changes if needed.


Paul Lee January 9, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Eeek! I feel for those that have had their accounts hacked, especially on Facebook. Not only can private content be accessed, Malware could be distributed to that individuals network of close friends and family. Unfortunately when an organization that provides such services gets big, they forget to clamp down on such issues. Fortunately, there are sites like yours that look out for consumers like me, thank you.


Lesly Federici January 9, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Hi Kimberly,
It was good to visit your blog again. Thank you for telling me about this article. I appreciate it.
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Purnima January 10, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Nice share Kim . I am new to blogging so many of these Facebook features and their benefits are news to me . The changes to rules on cover photos and ad images do answer many of my questions related to managing blog . Enjoyed the updates .


Lynn Jones January 10, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Kim, I saw a post on FB about how they were going to start charging us to use FB. If we just re-posted what they posted by midnight, then we would not be charged. I chuckled because I have a source (YOU) that keeps us informed of ALL the FB changes. I am confident that if that were to happen I would hear it from you first.
Thanks for keeping us aware of what is really going on!


Kim Castleberry January 11, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Smart move Lynn! That’s a very very old “viral” message that is fraudulent. However, people keep forwarding it because it invokes a sense of fear! Great work on keeping your wits about you luv!


Gautam January 12, 2013 at 2:10 am

yes you are absolutely right .. Kim is awesome and this Post really proved it….
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Angela Arnold January 12, 2013 at 11:53 am

Wow! So much to keep truck off, but I am trying my best. Thanks a lot, Kim, for keeping us so informed. I will try to stay on top of the malware. Increasingly, I don’t click on many links any more. It’s a shame.


Jose Palomino January 12, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Thanks for your interesting information Kim.
A very professional video.
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Becca January 13, 2013 at 5:13 am

Nice info which will be prove so useful for all blogger and online marketers. That kind of activities also make very good and nice way to search our destination.


Jimi Ellis January 13, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Thanks again Kim, I feel a lot of folk losing confidence in Facebook as a marketing tool, privacy concerns, making it harder to get friends etc. So many changes as you outline, are they feeling the pinch from Google+ i wonder?
Thanks, Jimi.


Chuck Barnes January 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I have to say that alot of this has not affected me and that is mostly because the bulk of my business is being mostly cultivated through my websites and not my facebook pages.


Raena Lynn January 13, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Hi Kim,

I’m so glad I came to your blog to get updated on all the stuff happening! I like the way you divided the information into chunks so I can come back for the information if I need it.

I recently saw the malware you talked about all over the place! Good advice, “If it sounds too good to be true, don’t touch this stuff!” Thanks for sharing how we can help others who have been infected.

Everything else you covered is logical and makes a lot of sense, especially your discussion on fan love and loyalty!

Thanks Kim, as usual you are keeping all of us updated!

Raena Lynn

PS Why are 90% of the blogs I have visited lately using comment love plugin have this weird code? Don’t or close to that?


Kim Castleberry January 14, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Can you get me a screenshot of what you’re seeing from the commentluv plugin?



Raena Lynn January 14, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Hi Kim, this is what I’m seeing when CommentLuv opens. I’m not sure if it is from my end or the bloggers end. Thanks for asking. http://screencast.com/t/uaQmRAnAfMfH


Kim Castleberry January 14, 2013 at 11:14 pm

It’s on your side but not really a bug. It has to do with encoding of “non standard” characters of which a apostrophe is one. A dash would be another. Its just due to your post title. I get it from time to time myself. I’m not sure if there’s any work around but you could open a ticket at support.commentluv.com and ask Andy.


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