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Facebook Removes Anti-Gay Spam

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This morning GLAAD received several reports from constituents who found troubling anti-gay comments on their Facebook walls.

Users reported receiving an email notification with a version of the following text:

[Friend's name] posted on your Wall.

[Friend] wrote:
"F*ck you f*ggot. Go kill yourself. Do whatever the f*ck you want. I hate you and the only way to remove all these posts is by disabling this below."

Facebook users who clicked on the wall post inadvertently spread the spam further. Fortunately by the time many of the people had received this notification by email, the wall post had already been removed by Facebook. We reached out to Facebook this morning and were told: "This spam was spread by a vulnerability in our code and we worked quickly to resolve this matter. The bug caused a small number of spam comments to be posted to users' walls, and we are in the process of cleaning up any spam it may have caused."

The anti-gay spam was offensive and hurtful to many in our community, and Facebook took the right step by responding so swiftly. We urge constituents to continue to notify GLAAD when they see incidents like this one.

In 2010, GLAAD bridged a partnership with Facebook and other national LGBT organizations, including The Trevor Project, GLSEN, PFLAG and HRC, to create "Network of Support," an educational initiative that works to combat anti-LGBT cyberbullying. Through that partnership, GLAAD helped bring "in a civil union" and "in a domestic partnership" options to users' profiles. GLAAD also worked with Facebook to reshape the way that the site responds to hateful, anti-LGBT comments posted on public pages.

Facebook users are reminded not to click on links in strange messages, and to check out the Facebook Security Page for more tips.

Find GLAAD on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GLAAD.

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