Facebook situation -- has this happened to anyone you knpw?

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Posted: 12/7/2012 7:33:33 AM
Have you ever seen a situation where the note shows up in your newsfeed that "a friend likes a link", but that friend claimed they never liked that specific link. They do state that it also showed up in their feed as one of their friends had sent it to them.

I suspect they truly liked it but don't realize that others would see the activity and don't want to admit it. (It was pictures/video links that could offend some people...like me). Luckily this was NOT DH but someone else that I truly admire and respect.

I actually called to let him know (because he just doesn't seem the type but nowadays who knows?) and he was peevish and then posted this response (since I guess I wasn't the only one who contacted him):
"Yes, I know about the pictures that were posted. No, I didn't post them. Yes, they were deleted over four hours ago. No, I was not technically "hacked" but somehow they were spread from someone else's account. If they are on my page now they are not visible to me since they were deleted. thanks."

I hid them from my newsfeed, but the only time I usually get "friend likes a link" is specific things like Target, Walmart, Kohls, etc.

Just curious......I hate to think that he did "like" them. So I am hoping someone else here has heard of this!


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Posted: 12/7/2012 7:40:12 AM
Yes, it has happened to me.

Somehow I was telling everyone I "liked" Mitt Romney for about a month during the campaign before I even realized it. I can guarantee you that I never went to Mitt Romney's page and clicked on "like".

I think it can happen when you "like" a picture that someone posted. If it is linked back to the original page, the "like" can show up as "liking" the entire page.

It also happened to me one time when I "liked" a recipe that was posted by a friend. The recipe linked back to the corporate website (Betty Crocker? Kraft? I don't recall), and the next thing you know I am receiving all kinds of posts from the company in my news feed. When I went to the corporate page to check it out, it said that I "liked" it, even though I had never been there before.

I don't know if it has to do with how the post is shared by the friend or whether some facebook pages are set up so that if you like anything originating from it, you end up liking the page itself.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 7:40:37 AM
I do think it is possible. I've seen things come through on friends' newsfeed that I doubt they liked or added themselves. I see this happen with family members that have a Facebook account but don't really use it. Suddenly an odd picture or something will show up that isn't appropriate to that person at all.

I'd take your friend's word for it.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 7:41:39 AM
Yes, FB is always telling me I like various things I've never heard of and would never have signed up to as i rarely visit FB. The first that comes to mind is called something like Photo of the Day. I hate FB!
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Posted: 12/7/2012 7:44:20 AM
Yes. It happens when a friend reads an article that is set up with an auto login to facebook (like yahoo news) I get a small photo in my newsfeed and if I click it to see what it is then it gets tagged as a like.

I didn't "like" it. I was just trying to figure what the tarnation it was.

Facebook is doing a lot of changes for stuff like that to show up.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 7:47:54 AM
I think it is possible. Or my husband's elderly uncle is a real perv. it was all deleted off of his as well.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 7:47:55 AM
My elderly aunt who is a conservative and who is never in Facebook is always "liking" weird clothing boutiques with really sexy clothes and lingerie.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 7:55:41 AM
Yep, it happens all the time.

I get notifications that my teen daughters' friends like things like Target, Walmart, etc....I seriously doubt all those 15 year old girls are out liking Target!

And right before the election one of my VERY liberal friends liked Mitt Romney!

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Posted: 12/7/2012 7:58:46 AM
I had relatives that are very liberal showing up as liking Mitt Romney. They never went to his site, but it was automatically doing it for some reason.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:13:04 AM
Good to know. That is a good theory -- that they are liking one thing and it is linking to a whole host of things. Going to be a lot more careful on what pics I like on Facebook.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:24:47 AM
I believe it is a paid advertising by the sponsor. This past summer, when my DS was in bootcamp with No Access to computers, he "liked" Walmart. For starters, I can guarantee you that this 22 y/o boy would not have ever "liked" Walmart. The fact that he had no access to computers, phones, etc. while in basic training should tell you whether every "like" that hits your page is not really initiated by the supposed liker.



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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:32:26 AM
this just happened to a friend of mine....she is a mother of 3 young boys and would never have "liked" the pic that showed up on FB this morning...omg. A women on her hands and knees from behind, no clothes. I txtd her immediately to tell her to check her FB. She said it's been going on all week

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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:46:28 AM

And right before the election one of my VERY liberal friends liked Mitt Romney!
That same thing happened to a friend of mine. I had to send her a screen shot because she thought I was making it up.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:51:11 AM
It absolutely happens. I've had friends suddenly announce on their feed that they've lost 20 points with magic berries, and similar to the poster above, where people have porn show up in their feed as being liked (facebook seems to catch those ones pretty quick) - whether they like porn or not, I'm pretty confident that they're tech savy enough not to accidentally like it on facebook.

Sometimes it's pretty innocuous too - where it's just a news article that they read and it ends up in their feed as "liked".

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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:54:28 AM
My cousin, who passed away in March, has been "liking" things all year. I wish the account would be deleted, or frozen, or something.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 9:01:54 AM
I have had stuff show up and when I followed the link it was from a paid advertiser. I just delete the link but it is annoying but part of Facebook's great service.

I have also reported several Facebook pages for hate speech and got back an automatic note that the picture was acceptable. Evidently you can be a raving racist or size bigot if you put a picture of a cute kitten to cover it.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 9:14:40 AM
I dont know. Yesterday I noticed that DHs FB feed showed that I had liked Sierra Trading Post as recent activity.

Hardly an edgy site, but I hadn't been on FB all day.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 9:14:47 AM
This is one reason I opened a second FB account just for all the pages I Like. One account has people (and 3-4 pages that are owned by friends) and the other account has pages.

One of my friends was constantly commenting on what I Liked, on comments/votes I left on pages, etc. She'd post nosy questions on my wall and stuff like that. It annoyed me, but not enough to unfriend her. I don't think she was being malicious, I think she just wanted to have something to talk to me about and was going about it rather aggressively.

I also made sure Pinterest isn't posting my pins on my FB page. More people need to disable the Pinterest/FB link, IMO!

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Posted: 12/7/2012 7:55:53 PM
Wow, these explanations would sure go a long way towards explaining something that showed up on my news feed as being attributed to a friend that really surprised me.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:22:29 PM
I have a friend (from High School) who passed away in September, and his FB page still shows that he likes different things now and then. Since I'm reasonably sure he's not liking Tide Detergent from the great beyond, I assume it's the random thing that others are mentioning.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:26:52 PM
I saw a bunch this week, various friends "liking" an obviously pornographic video. Some kind of Facebook hack or spam going on.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:28:48 PM
One of my FB friends "liked" what appeared to be a porn site with a photo that didn't just suggest sex but pretty much signed, sealed, and delivered it.

I know that he's a pretty religious family man who never has anything like that on his FB feed so I figured he either clicked on something by mistake or it was some sort of spam. I can pretty much guarantee that he's not out there liking porn sites - at least publicly. He's also a computer geek and code monkey so even if he did click on it, he knows enough to know how to delete it. I doubt that it even showed up on his own page.



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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:29:13 PM
I have been getting a lot of things showing up in my newsfeed, mostly ads from places I don't/won't shop at, and I have been hiding them.

they are annoying.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:29:40 PM
Yes. I supposedly "liked" Budweiser one Sunday morning while I was at church with my phone turned off.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 9:06:25 PM
I had a friend like mitt Romney during the election. But my friend died last winter.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 9:09:38 PM
My mom liked hallmark today. She died in July. Talk about a punch to the gut, seeing that out of the blue today.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 9:15:51 PM
This stuff happens all the time... At least with my feed. You don't have to get hacked for a virus to be posted from your account. That's usually what those links are.
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