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Fake News: Hackers Are NOT Posting Sexual Videos And Pictures On Your Walls

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Fri, 22 Mar 2019 10:53:47 Z)

Are hackers posting sexual videos and pictures on people's Facebook walls without them noticing? No, that's not true: an old hoax rumor from 2011 keeps on circulating but it is not real.

An image bearing following text is still making the rounds in 2019:

URGENT WARNING

To all Facebook users!

Friends be careful!

This is serious!

Hackers are posing sexual videos and pictures on your walls! You don't see them, but your friends do, then it seems as if you posted it. If you see any such garbage posted under my name, please let me knw because

"I did not post it!"

Share this to protect yourself and your friends.

An example of the image appeared in this Facebook post (archived here):

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=153986062276464

Here is an example of the image being circulated:

wallvideos.jpg

The story seems to be a variation on a hoax that has been making the rounds on Facebook since at least 2011 according to Snopes:

FACT CHECK: Are Facebook Hackers Posting 'Sexual Videos'?

In September 2011, warnings about hackers invading the accounts of Facebook users to post pornographic movies on their walls without their knowledge began circulating in e-mail and on social networking sites.

Several other variations of the post exist, as reported in 2017 by Hoax Slayer:

Pointless Facebook Warning - Hackers Posting Insulting Messages or Sexual Content In Your Name - Hoax-Slayer

'Hacker' alert messages circulating on Facebook claim that, without your knowledge, hackers are posting insulting or sexual messages that appear to come from you onto your Facebook Timeline. The messages are simply too vague to have any real merit as security warnings.

The text on the image seems to be mostly a copy of the contents of this post on a Nigerian forum from 2013 (archived here):

Urgent Warning To All Facebook Users!!!!!! - Celebrities - Nigeria

Mother Of Missing Orekoya Children Weeps, Facebook Users Tackle Her [WATCH VIDEO / Cossy Orjiakor Expose Her Full B00bs On Tweets Warning - Dont Compare Me To..? / Urgent Warning To All Facebook Users! (2) (3) (4)

URGENT WARNING TO ALL FACEBOOK USERS!!!!!!

Friends be Careful...This is Serious...

Hackers are posting sexual videos and pictures on your walls!

You don't see them, but your friends do, then it seems as if you posted it.

If you see any such garbage posted under my name, please let me know
because I didn't post it!

Share this to Protect Yourself, Family and Friends!

There are no current reports of hackers posting such images or videos to people's timelines on a large scale and even if there were sharing the message would not offer any protection.

About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

Read more about or contact Maarten Schenk

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