Don’t Click the Link for the Facebook “Dislike” Button

    August 16, 2010
    Chris Crum

Many Facebook users have long awaited the arrival of a "dislike" button for status updates that they find dumb, repulsive, or just annoying. If you happen to see someone on the social network claiming to have found one, however, don’t buy it. It’s a scam.

Sophos Senior Technology Consultant Graham Cluley points to the scam, saying, "It’s the latest survey scam spreading virally across Facebook, using the tried-and-tested formula used in the past by other viral scams including ‘Justin Bieber trying to flirt‘, ‘Student attacked his teacher and nearly killed him", "the biggest and scariest snake‘ and the ‘world’s worst McDonald’s customer’."

Cluley has several screenshots of different parts of the scam that one might encounter (such as the one below). The perpetrators clearly went all out in their deception efforts.

Facebook Dislike Button Scam - Image Credit - Sophos
Image Credit: Sophos

Keep in mind, there are variations of the actual status updates that claim to point to the dislike button. Don’t believe any of them. It’s probably best to ignore any such thing until Facebook makes an official announcement, unveiling a dislike button. I wouldn’t hold your breath for that either.