Attack of the sexy Facebook spammers

Facebook's sponsored ads have been overrun by a bevy of babes -- who are really Turkish spam artisans in disguise.

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Note that none of these pages contain anything more graphic than what you see in those screen captures. And as far as I can tell, none of the sites engage in drive-by downloads or any of the more nefarious tricks you’ll encounter when trolling the Web’s dark underbelly. They don’t even violate Facebook’s ad guidelines. But they do make Facebook look extremely sleazy at a time when its image could certainly use a boost.

My best guess is that Facebook’s self-service ad system has been thoroughly gamed by the Web’s bottom feeders, probably through some bot that automatically generates thousands of ads for multiple sites, which all carry the same ads and probably generate a tidy little income for Fred and all the little Stonecrawlers.

Still, even these ads are an improvement than the other spate of Babe-a-palooza ads that have also invaded my Facebook account. These feature similarly fit women (usually wearing yoga gear) but clicking on them takes you offsite to a NSFW dating site signup page. That does violate Facebook’s ad guidelines. And again, these ads started showing up in droves just today, which makes me suspect they are all generated by the same group of Turkish spammers.

I’ve written about Facebook’s crappy-ad problem before, but this marks a new low. It’s the kind of thing makes Facebook look really dumb. The only thing that looks dumber? All the guys – and they’re almost all guys – who’ve clicked Like on these photos, tagged each other in them, and are trying to flirt with these women, not realizing they’re probably just talking to this guy.

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