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Are people spamming facebook with bots/autoposting/farms?

I see a lot of posts that would fail a Turing Test

9:09 pm on Nov 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I hope this is the correct forum.

I visit a controversial facebook page on a regular basis. One of the posters from the 'other side' seems to follow a pattern of trying to keep two of their replies to all the status updates on the page up. In other words, that rolls off any supporting comments for the page.

It is beginning to seem that the posts are somehow being auto generated. IE, they are mostly just a link to a page or some general nonsense that would fail a turing test (And no, I'm not just saying that because they have opposing views. Other posts from an opposing viewpoint are clearly written by a human)

I'm beginning to think that many of the posts are created by something like one of the following methods

1. THe person has some type of bot, server or website that will check the page periodically and either post a link or some generic phrases if there are replies to a status that they don't like

2. They are using some offshore sweatshop or perhaps 'work at home' people to just keep making posts on behalf fo their account. I would think that facebook would eventually catch them from the IP addresses.

3. They have some type of browser add on that makes it easy to dump a phrase or two or a link without any effort.

Again, the more I look at it, the postings are failing the Turing test by a wide margin. There is an occasional post, perhaps 1 in 20, where it passes the Turing test.