March 11, 2011

How to stop your facebook account spamming people (revoke and remove app permissions)

Someones been doing nice work with the facebook API.

If your (or a friend’s) facebook account is spamming someone over chat or posting comments like this:

this is because they let a facebook app access their profile and it now has control over it. This is then used in turn to trick others into doing the aforementioned and sending people to links with ads and scams to make the creator of this money. Heres what you do to stop the app having permission of your account and thus stop spam.

1. Login into facebook and click on  Account on the top right and click on the Privacy Settings option!

2.This will bring you to the Account Privacy settings page, on the bottom left click edit your settings under Apps and Websites

3. Now under the list of apps click the Remove unwanted or spammy apps option

4.You’ll now see a list of apps that have access to your facebook account, not all are bad, but remove anyone that looks dodgy, if paranoid, remove all. To remove a app, click the ‘x‘ icon to the extreme right of it. The apps are listed in order of how recently they accessed your account, from this you can determine the spam ones.

5.You’ll now be prompted to remove it, which you can do so.

This will stop the app from being able to use your account, report the app to facebook. You may also want to consider changing your password or security question as the app may have pulled some of your basic info. You should also reexamine your privacy settings on the privacy page and adjust them fittingly (props Ben).

Any more issues, get onto Zuckerburg and friends: http://www.facebook.com/help/ and if you need a had gimme a shout on Twitter: @jwhelton

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5 Comments

  1. Mirage Dec 18, 2011 12:20 pm

    My fb has been spamming on all my friends wall to check this video but when they click it, their fb will spam the same thing too… Ive tried changing my password tried blocking all the apps

  2. Whelton Dec 18, 2011 6:20 pm

    changing your password won’t work man as the apps use this system called OAUth. You have to do it this way to stop them!

  3. kunal shah Dec 21, 2011 6:43 pm

    some spam is update when i login my Facebook account , also post on my friend s wall , kindly give me solution for remove this activity on my account as earliest

    Regards,
    kunal

  4. Whelton Dec 21, 2011 7:01 pm

    Hey Kunal, if you do the above instructions and remove the app, it will stop spamming you and your friends!

  5. Sumit Dec 21, 2011 7:26 pm

    please help me. .i tried removing all the apps. .changed my password a dozen times. . but the spam thing is just not going away. . this is so irritating and embarassing at the same time!

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