Just the same as death and taxes, spammy applications on social media networks are one of those inevitable things in life. Taking Facebook as an example, all of us encountered content they’d rather block, messages from fake accounts or even posts on their own profile, coming from certain apps.
Since Facebook became the preferred social media for most people, as well as brands and companies, the problem of spammy apps became more concerning. This is why Facebook itself is doing a lot to help diminish the amount of spam its clients receive. However, being such a large platform, it can’t always work.
To make it easier for people to manage their own settings and choose what apps have access to their information, Facebook included a few features that can be used by anyone. But blocking spam has two sides, as most problems do – there is a way to prevent it and a way to cure it once it’s already there. Let’s see what can be done to block spammy apps – before and after!
Preventing Spam on Facebook
They say it’s easier to prevent than it is to treat. Whether we’re talking about a disease, as the original saying was, or an argument, misunderstanding, fight and so on, it definitely is better to avoid it if you can. Here is what you can do before:
Investigate the Apps
We share a lot of information on our profiles – emails, phone numbers, place of work, school we attend, music we like, movies we enjoy; not to mention the amount of photos and posts that we share every week. Before allowing access to your profile it’s important to investigate every app and see what information you provide it with.
If part of the long list of permission requirements from an app, you see “send me email” or “post to my wall” you should be aware that this is going to turn into spammy emails and undesired posts in your name. Other apps just seem too good to be true, so in your hurry to access the content they promise to offer, take the time to research before installing a new app.
Don’t click on all links
Short links accompanying a message or post coming from someone who doesn’t normally send us links should always be a reason to worry. We receive those through emails; we can also get them on social media – sometimes in the shape of a private message that doesn’t make sense and some others, in the shape of a post of comment on our profile.
Instead of letting curiosity win by clicking on the link, you may want to think twice and avoid clicking on anything that looks suspicious and lacks logic. It may be as obvious as “OMG this is so cool, click here”, but it can also be more difficult to spot.
Choose what you authorize
As we discussed at point one, there are applications requiring for permission before installing and letting you take advantage of the benefits. Sometimes you also have the freedom to choose what exactly you authorize that app to do by ticking or un-ticking the corresponding boxes.
If you don’t want to allow the app to post to your wall, simply un-tick the box requiring such permission. Similarly, if you don’t want to give access to your basic information, such as location, email and phone number, all you have to do is un-tick that box.
Getting rid of Spam on Facebook
If you already allowed the wrong app to post in your name and spam you with messages, you’ll have to move to plan B – solving the problem. This may sound complicated, but it’s as easy as 1,2,3 so here are a few basic tips that will help you cope with spammy apps.
If you ever receive comments, messages or posts that seem inadequate it’s fairly easy to report them. Facebook is trying to make sure that everything from spam to virtual attacks and violence to nudity are not present on the social media engine.
This is why you have the option to report links on Facebook. All you have to do is go to the “delete comment” option (or “delete post”, depending on the situation), and you will be given the chance to report it. If you only want to delete it it’s fine, but if you think it might be spam you can choose the reason why you’d like to report it and click “submit”.
We sometimes see posts coming from a certain application that we’d certainly want to block. The good news is that we actually can – whenever an application posted to our wall, we can also see the name of the app below the post.
By simply clicking on the app’s name we are going to be taken to the official page where we can block it – on the top left of the application’s page, there is a tab saying “Block”. You can also watch the video below for additional information on blocking applications.
Manage your Privacy Settings
Applications can be blocked in many ways – doing it directly on the app’s page is the fast way to do it, in case it’s a certain app that gets on your nerves. But when it comes to a deeper control of your apps permissions, you’d rather have them all in one place. This is what the privacy settings feature on Facebook does!
By clicking the downward-pointing arrow at the right hand side of your navigation bar, you can scroll down to “Privacy Settings” and choose “Edit Settings”. You will most likely see a tab saying “Apps and Websites” which takes you to the list of applications having access to your profile.
By taking a look at those, you will see at the top of the list the applications you tend to use most often, followed by the other ones. You have two choices here: permanently deleting the app or editing the settings. The second option allows you to control what the app is going to see on your profile, as well as the action it will be allowed to take.