Don’t fall for Facebook scam that scares users into thinking they’re being stalked by strangers
There’s a rumour claiming a hidden list could expose your covert “followers”
Unfortunately, such a functionality would probably work both ways – meaning your Facebook favourites would be able to see you’d been creeping their photos. Game over.
Happily, Facebook has always been adamant that it has no plans to introduce such a feature – not that it stops the many hoaxes and fake apps which try to convince you otherwise.
Now there’s a new hoax doing the rounds, and it’s scaring users into thinking they’re being stalked.
Don’t fall for “Following Me”
Facebook users are spreading warnings about a secret list of people following your posts who are supposedly not your friends, but complete strangers.
These followers, the Birmingham Mail reports, would effectively be secretly stalking you, following all your statuses, photos and updates.
The posts warning you about these followers then direct you to search ‘Following Me’ in your Facebook account, where you’ll find a list of names you won’t recognise.
But what you’re actually seeing is a list of people with names that include letters from the words “following” and “me.”
It’s not the first time such a hoax has done the rounds.
Snopes investigated a similar claim in January that people from “Facebook security” were paid to watch people on the platform.
While there’s still no way of knowing everyone who’s looked at your profile, you can see control what your followers see by selecting settings, clicking public posts, then selecting friends or public next to ‘who can follow me’. It is still good practice not to leave anything for granted on Facebook.
Always control your settings and only follow people you know. While Facebook has its good and bad sides, its absolutely up to you what side of the sides you take in. Be safe, don’t be sorry.