Facebook announced the new Timeline feature last year and ever since, there have been a number of scam messages that are spreading related to the new profile layout. One of the most popularly spreading scam messages is the Disable or Remove Facebook Timeline, which promises to show users a trick to disable the new Facebook Timeline.
Despite Facebook making several attempts in warning users not to click on suspicious links, or install rogue applications, the effort seems to be useless. A new rogue application on Facebook – Facebook Timeline Plus – has been spreading like wildfire for a while. It promises users to check the statistics on who has viewed their Timeline/profile, and also providing them with “advance” privacy settings.
The following message and the image has been spreading for a while now -
Cool!!! This is the best update Facebook has ever made! You can now Design your own Timeline! Easy to use Timeline designer on TIMELINE PLUS Try it here>>>
There are several users on Facebook who are quite eager to know who viewed their profile or Timeline, but there isn’t any such feature where they view this statistics. It is very clear that the above application is a bogus. Facebook has not rolled out viewer statistics, advance privacy settings, or new timeline color palette features.
Even if Facebook plans to roll out these features, which they will not, the company will make an official announcement about it on its blog and all users will be notified about it; just like how the news about Facebook acquiring Instagram was announced few days back.
Apps like “Facebook Timeline Plus” are created by scammers who try to trick users and steal personal and financial information. Users are also directed to online survey sites and are asked to answer them. Sometimes, they are also prompted to download file, which can be harmful to their computer, such as a malware program.
It also recommended that avoid installing apps that are not from a genuine developer. If in case you have already installed this app, then make sure you remove the app from your Facebook account immediately.
With over 800 million users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been the main target for spreading scams and spam messages. It is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook. Here is a post on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. Alternatively, you can follow our dedicated scams page on Facebook – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.