Facebook spammers make $200 million per year


Facebook spamming is big business. In fact, it’s a $200 million business that is so flipping powerful, not even Facebook is willing to fight hard enough to stop it according to a particular spammer. We have no reasons to believe this is not true, because every Facebook user has an idea how profound spamming is on the social network.

According to The Guardian, each spammer on Facebook is paid around $13 to $58 per post, which all depends on the number of subscribers on a particular page. Researchers say, in total, Facebook spam generates $87 million to $390 million per year — with as the weighted average being $200 million per year. However, the more interesting part about this story is how a spammer came out and said Facebook tolerates their presence. Say what now? Yeah, apparently, spamming generates so many hits for Facebook pages that the company doesn’t do much of anything to put a stop to it.

According to an self-proclaimed spammer:

“Facebook doesn’t ban us, simply because we generate the content on Facebook itself. Everyday I materialize funny, and interesting content full of phrases and so forth that is shared and liked by thousands of users. Without the fan pages Facebook would be an empty place. Tell me how many links do you see shared by your friends on your timeline everyday? You see — the answer is simple.”

Makes sense to us, I mean, spamming is more rampant on Facebook than my friends and family sharing any form of content. Well, the only content they share are the very spams that I fear. “Hey, give us 10,000 likes for this ‘real’ child with alien features and a snake like tongue, God bless his strength.” Maybe I just hang out with the wrong crowd.

For what it is worth, Facebook has denied the claim that it tolerates spammers, but it’s pretty difficult to ignore the spam that is right there in front of our eyes every day.

[via The Guardian, image via InstaBlogs]

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