We’re seeing a number of users on Facebook sharing posts on their Timeline about the cause of their death in future or how they would be dying. The reason being is that these users have activated the Facebook application called – How Will You Die, which is posting these messages on their behalf and spamming the entire social network.
Here are some screenshots of the message that we have noticed -
I got “bomb” on the How will you die? quiz! [link], I got “war” on the How will you die? quiz! [link]
Clicking the link provided will take you to the application page where you are shown the “Allow” and “Don’t Allow” buttons. Clicking the “Allow” button will allow the app to access your personal information including the list of your friends, user ID, and other information that are publicly available. This will also allow the app to post messages and photos, and also update your Facebook status on your behalf.
This is why you’re notice the spam updates from your friends who have actually activated the app. The app is posting the messages on their behalf. Although this app is created just for fun, the amount of spam messages it updates is completely ridiculous and annoying.
I highly recommend that you do not allow this app to post on your behalf or access your information. Your details will be available to the developer and might misuse them.
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