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Facebook invaded by spammers?

One of the big differentiators touted by Facebook has been that they’re a community.  By only allowing people to register who can actually verify their email addresses, Facebook has been able to keep spam and rampant commercialism at bay.

Perhaps no more.

Prominent on the Facebook developers forum this morning is a thread that appears to have exposed fake Facebook profiles that are installing applications in response to flyer advertising.  One developer claims to have received hundreds, or perhaps even thousands, of registrations from these fakes.  Does this mean that the Facebook identity mechanism has been cracked?  Is this a harbinger of spam to come?

Here are a few of the fakes discovered.

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  • Mitch Brisebois October 16, 2007, 10:18 am

    That's one of the advantages of LinkedIn's "old boys/girls club" – you can't got unnoticed because of the company you keep.

  • Alec October 16, 2007, 12:20 pm

    I guess so, Mitch. Facebook was supposed to be like that too.

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