A bit of an odd problem, but I'm not totally sure where to post this.
I am an administrator for a facebook page that suddenly began receiving hundreds of likes in the past few days. This trend began on July 12th and has gradually been increasing since then.
Most of the likes are from users in Japan, China, Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, Philippines, and other countries who I know are not related to my page.
I checked out a few of the users. Some of them are definitely fake (or inactive) profiles, but others seem to be real people.
However, if their respective likes are compared, you can see a trend of MANY pages liked recently, including pages in common. Coincidence? I think not.
Given how widespread this appears to be, I find it odd I cannot find anyone complaining about this. Obviously this is extremely negative for any facebook page owner, quality of fans counts far more than quantity.
My questions are:
- What is causing this to happen? Hacked accounts? An app with invasive privileges? Facebook security hole? Facebook user "bot farm(s)"?
- What is the most effective way to "fight back"? Individually removing and banning each user seems tedious. Setting a country filter seems restrictive and potentially ineffective.
- How can facebook really be notified about this? They tend not to respond when applied to.
Another interesting statistic: Probably all of the likes come from "Facebook Recommendations". Not that this throws any light on the problem...