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Facebook finally decides to begin curtailing "Like Baiting" posts

Facebook starts an initiative to begin ridding the social network of those annoying "Like Baiting" post that have plagued our walls for years.

@CharlesJGantt
Published Fri, Apr 11 2014 2:30 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Scamming the system via "like baiting" on Facebook post has been a problem for a long time and today Facebook has announced plans to put an end to these confusing and annoying post once and for all. For those who do not know what "like baiting" is, let me explain. Like baiting is when a person or page or group post an image or post and ask you to "like" the post if you agree, or "share" the post if you disagree, and to "comment" if you agree and disagree. This format changes from post to post, but the basic concept is the same.

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Additionally, these post often contain links to nefarious websites, or websites that are aimed at causing the user to accidentally click on advertisements. Facebook is using algorithms to measure how many times people who visit links, like the original post, and is using this data to determine whether or not a post is a "like baiting" spam post. Facebook says that it is punishing posters who frequently publish these type of post by decreasing their reach over a period of a few months. This will result in Facebookers seeing less of these post on their news feed and that is something I think we can all appreciate.

NEWS SOURCE:newsroom.fb.com

A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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