A warning is claiming that there is a “new hack on Facebook” and claims the hack results in hurtful/ugly/offensive/dirty comments or phrases being posted from your account, depending on what version of the warning you see.
There have been dozens of slightly differently-worded permutations of this “warning” that have spread over the last handful of years. A couple of variants can be seen below in all their grammar-error-filled glory –
ATTENTION TO ALL: there is a new hack on Facebook. He arises between the comments of your contacts a sentence offensive on your part. It’s really ugly and looks like it came from your profile. You don’t see him, but your friends do.. This can create many offenses and misunderstandings. As well as the porn pictures again. I want to say to all my contacts that if something comes up insulting and malicious, it is not my own. Copy and paste on your wall, do not share, please!!!!”
Sick, sick, evil people!!!! 😡😡😡 apparently there is a new hack on Facebook. Between the comments of your contacts, it includes a hurtful phrase coming from you. It is very evil 👿👿👿 and it seems that you wrote it. You can’t see it, but your friends can. 😳 This situation can lead to many misunderstandings. 😡😡😡 would like to say to all my contacts, if something shocking occurs, it isn’t coming from me, and I would be grateful if you let me know. 👍🏻
Copy and paste. Do not share
The first thing to point out about this warning; it’s almost completely useless.
This is largely down to it being a grammar and spelling nightmare to the point that it’s rendered practically illegible, so why people continue to post it to their own timelines is frankly beyond us. The grammar is likely down to it being translated using some kind of auto-translation tool that can often result in this type of odd and unpredictable language.
The “new hack on Facebook” warnings themselves are derived from earlier warnings that spread back in 2011 that claimed “hackers” were posting “pornographic videos” or other “offensive material” onto the walls of Facebook users, as you can see from the below warning we collected from September 2011 –
HACKERS ARE DOING DAMAGE AGAIN ON FACEBOOK!
PORNOGRAPHIC MOVIES ARE BEING POSTED ON OUR BEHALF ON THE WALLS OF OUR PROFILES! WE DO NOT SEE THEM, BUT OTHER PEOPLE DO, AS IF IT WERE OUR PUBLICATION!
SOMETIME EVEN OUR SUPPOSED COMMENTS APPEARS. IF YOU SEE SUCH A THING IN MY HOMEPAGE, ALERT ME AND DO NOT OPEN IT BECAUSE IT IS A VIRUS! …COPY AND RE POST THIS MESSAGE
So what are these warnings trying to describe, albeit extremely poorly?
Well, it is possible that – if you fall for a Facebook scam of some kind – your Facebook account can start posting links or messages by itself. Most commonly, these scams would be phishing attacks, malware attacks and rogue Facebook apps, all of which can result in your Facebook account auto-posting spam. But with all of these scams, you need to actually fall for it first, before your account will start making the spam posts.
However, instead of accurately describing these threats and how to avoid them, these useless warnings just vaguely make baseless, ambiguous statements, including “you don’t see the posts but your friends do” (incorrect, since you are able to see all your status posts on your timeline, and you can see all your activity via the activity log.)
If you want good advice about scams that can result in your account posting by itself, you can read our article here about what do to if you notice spammy links originating from your account.
As for this warning, bin it! It’s a grammatical nightmare and isn’t any good whatsoever as a legitimate warning. It is far too vague, fails to describe how and why your Facebook account can start posting spammy links, or how to stop it happening if it does occur. It will result in confusing Facebook users rather than helping them.