RockMelt - Facebook Spam, Virus or Browser - Internet/Facebook Rumour
FACEBOOK ALERT ***** If you get an instant message from anyone about a new browser called RockMelt- it is a virus. DO NOT OPEN IT. I dont care who sends it. please repost. This is spread to your friends if you open it... REPEAT DO NOT OPEN IT,thanks
Facebook Alert ***** If you get an instant message from anyone about a new browser called RockMelt- it is a virus. DO NOT OPEN IT. I dont care who sends it. please repost. this is spread to your friends if you open it. Ive gotten 3 of them...deleted...not taking any chances...
WARNING: The browser called ROCKMELT is SPAMMING ALL of your friends by sending them a PRIVATE MESSAGE to use their browser. This is JUST AS BAD as receiving TELEMARKETING calls when you are on a do not call list. Join the forces to STOP ROCKMELT from doing this by ABANDONING the use of their BROWSER! Their browser is trying to get more users because THEY BENEFIT by TRACKING YOUR EVERY MOVE ON THE INTERNET! Please share to make others aware!
Various messages are spreading regarding a browser called RockMelt. Many messages are in response to Facebook users complaining they are being spammed with invites to download the software, whilst others are claiming it is a virus that is spreading across Facebook.
RockMelt is actually an Internet browser based on the Google Chrome Internet Browser and was released in 2010. For those not familliar with the term, an Internet browser is the software you browse webpages with - Windows comes pre-installed with Internet Explorer (the blue E icon).
RockMelt has been designed to work with social networking websites, specifically Facebook. (it has been dubbed the Facebook browser) This means that users using RockMelt have increased functionality when using sites like Facebook. For example a list of Facebook contacts online appears on the right hand side of the screen, despite a user being on sites other than Facebook.
However many users have claimed the browser is a virus or is spamming them. This is because in order to use the browser a user has to install a Facebook App called RockMelt.
Once the RockMelt browser is downloaded and installed a user is told they must first install a Facebook application. As a second step the user is given the chance to send invites to all their friends via the application to use the RockMelt browser. The step is entirely optional - users have the option of not sending any invites - however many users are sending the invites to their entire friends list, either intentionally or without fully realizing the consequences. (The browser has ALL friends selected as default which causes the problem)
This has led to many Facebook users receiving multiple invitations and messages regarding RockMelt which is why many are claiming they are being spammed.
Whilst the condition of having to install a Facebook App and give it permission to your account has been seen by many as a privacy intrusion, it should also be emphasized that Facebook users do not have to send out invites to their Facebook contacts to use the browser.
The message that claims RockMelt is a virus and states "do not open it" is has inaccurate as it is vague and unhelpful. RockMelt is not a virus and this warning is completely false.
Rumours that RockMelt wants to track your every move are exaggerated. Whilst their may be increased privacy concerns when using a browser which integrates with sites like Facebook, RockMelts privacy FAQs state they do not share any information they learn about you with any third parties.
It also confirms that the RockMelt application will not post automaitcally from your account or spam your friends.
If you do not wish to use RockMelt, simply ignore the messages and invites. If you wish to use the browser, perhaps think twice before sending out invites to all of your Facebook friends. Such generic, automated invites can be seen as intrusive and spammy and may irritate your friends. This will also help to stop users associating RockMelt with unsolicited requests.
You can download RockMelt here.
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