A “Dislike” button is the latest in a string of cons circulating on the social-networking site. It purports to offer users a way to express their aversion to links, videos and other annoying content posted by friends on Facebook, as an alternative to giving a thumbs up with Facebook’s “Like” button. To get it, they supposedly have to fill out a survey – at which point they unwittingly agree to recurring cellphone charges.
According to a blog post by security-software maker Sophos, tens of thousands of people have clicked on links leading to the scam, perhaps because many Facebook users have clamored for a dislike button.
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- Published 08/17/10