Back in April of this year, to combat ‘Fake News’, Facebook introduced a new feature on all pages called “Page Transparency”.
It allows everyone who vists the page the ability to see various metadata.
- Page Creation date
- How many times the page name changes
- If the page has any advertisements running.
Recently, a Facebook page was doing the rounds claiming to be “Currys PC World”, an British & Irish electronics retailer.
The page garnered a whopping 18,000 Likes within 24 hours of its creation.
The page only ever had 1 post which claimed that they had 9 TV’s that had very minor damage and that they were going to be given away!
This should have been a red flag for everyone, but over 19,000 people had commented on the post, 25,000+ shared and 11,000 Likes.
The page has since been removed by Facebook as is indeed a scam.
So how do you protect yourself?
It’s takes 30 seconds to see whether you are on a fake page!
- Check the “Page Transparency” box on the right side-bar and check whether the page was recently created.
- Check whether the page has a blue tick beside its name. (A blue tick beside a page name means that is a verified page by Facebook… See Below!)
- Report the page! Click on the …
besidethe “Like” button and click on ‘Find support or report page’
- Post on your own timeline informing others that the page that is being Shared is fake!