Beware of fake ‘dislike’ button scam on Facebook

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NEW YORK — Careful Facebook users, a new scam that allows people to “test out” the “dislike” button is circulating on the social media site.

The scam campaign shows up on Facebook newsfeeds and messages with the headline, “Get newly introduced facebook button on your profile,” according to

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the company’s plan to work on a “dislike” button during a Q&A session earlier this month. So, scammers are taking advantage of people’s excitement for the button by creating a fake “invite-only” test run.

The scam requires users to click through a series of links, leading them to a malicious website. After they click on the link, the scam is sent to peoples’ Facebook friends via messages, according to Hackread.

After the scam is spread throughout users’ newsfeeds and timelines, they’re notified to take a survey that asks personal information about them.

There is no “dislike” button yet, but Zuckerberg said during the Q&A the feature could be tested soon.

Zuckerberg said the company is finally creating the “dislike” button because it wanted to allow its users to express its thoughts with more than just a “like.” He made it clear, though, that the button will not be for upvoting or downvoting comments and posts.

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