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    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?

    Comments

    1. THANK YOU for doing what Facebook would not – explaining how to actually use the Spam Filter. Sheesh.

      • I know what you mean. Truthfully, I’ve never heard of this feature up until now. Even if I knew it then, I would have a hard time understanding what and how it supposed to function.

    2. I have read one article from internet a view days ago about Zuckenburg and Sarkozy FB account hacked by someone or maybe a community. If it’s true than FB security isn’t so strong, the question is why? It’s so scarry when i’m surving, chatting or linking from FB…especially for security reason.

      Thanks for info. 🙂

    3. Hello, the “options” under the Share button is not appearing on any of the FB Fan pages that I manage. Please advise where the Spam Filter is. Thank you so much!

    4. It took me a few minutes to find the spam filter myself.  It is interesting with the facebook interface that it looks very simple but from time-to-time it can be difficult to do the most basic things.

    5. It took me a few minutes to find the spam filter myself.  It is interesting with the facebook interface that it looks very simple but from time-to-time it can be difficult to do the most basic things.

    6. Great info – thanks! I never knew about the FB spam filter. What’s worrying is how many good, non-spam posts I could have missed out on because they ended up in my spam filter. Geez, I would have thought a huge site like FB could have done better with setting this up!

    7. Anonymous says:

      Its good that facebook has been increasingly cracking down on spam, but I don’t think it will get any better any time soon. People are increasingly bombarding facebook with spam just to make a quick buck, and no matter how strong a spam filter is, some of it will still get through.  Just a reality of the internet I suppose…

    8. Jay Kalin says:

      Facebook case is a huge battle as the spammers are not going to quit. But the constant battle of updating your software as the spammers update there’s. They had to do something or it would have been so bad at this point that you would not be able to even get on Facebook. Facebook as one of the largest databases in the entire world it’s a spammers dream. Good luck Facebook and keep up the hard work

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