Facebook Fan Page Admins around the world might be rejoicing when they hear about the new spam filters, but don’t get too excited just yet, this could mean just as much daily filtering of spam Wall posts as before.
Where is My Spam?
You might have noticed this message on your Fan Pages in the past few days:
At first I was a bit mystified. Where is this new spam filter located? I clicked “Learn more” and was taken to the Page Admin Help Center. You have to scroll down the page to find the part about the new spam features:
I went back to the HyperArts Fan Page to explore. To find your spam filter, click on “Options” underneath the Status Update box on your Wall:
You will see the different options for Wall settings (we always recommend that you show posts by “Page + Others”) along with the new “Spam” button:
Click on “Spam” to see all posts that have been blocked from your Wall (be patient, it takes a few extra seconds to load).
Managing Your Spam Filter
Among all of the spam, I actually saw 3 that were NOT spam, which were probably filtered because they included links. Most of the other posts were ads and linkbait.
So this means that Page admins really have to keep an eye on what gets filtered by Facebook’s spam detectors. You can unmark a post as spam and it will return to your Wall. But this is an added step to your Page maintenance routine.
How to Save a Post That Has Been Marked As Spam
To unmark a spam post, click on the X to the right of the post. You will get a drop-down menu with 2 options:
You can either a) unmark as spam or b) remove post. If you choose to unmark the post, you will see it disappear from the spam filter and reappear on your Wall. Any post that you remove will be deleted forever.
What do you think, will you be checking your spam filter regularly?