Internet Trolls Hit Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Profile
Internet trolls have attacked Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook profile, leaving hundreds of comments including stickers and photos on the Facebook CEO’s public posts. These comments also include meme images and appear to be posted just for fun.
TechCrunch believes that the attackers are largely based in Brazil and are launching these spam attacks as some kind of protest against the decreased reach of Facebook pages. However, comments currently visible on Zuckerberg’s public posts are mostly bizarre and random images, including smiley stickers as well.
One of the posts being targeted is Mark Zuckerberg’s post announcing his marriage to Priscilla Chan. This post was made back in May 2012. There have been over 2 million likes and 187,600 comments made so far and the number is increasing daily.
Most of the comments are now stickers and funny memes; however, few of them do not appear to be targeting any specific issue or personality.
Attackers are targeting mostly the older posts. Another post which is a target of these spammers is about Zuckerberg announcing that he had become a vegetarian. This was posted back in January 2011. It is also receiving massive abuse, with now over 108,000 comments.
These comments are also random and do not appear to be targeting anyone. Few commenters are leaving text comments as well but they are also random. Some of the text comments include (roughly translated): “this trolling is out of control,” “The guy can’t even write,” and “come join the ‘zueira,’” (which basically means trolling or disorder).
The origin of these trolls is unknown but it started from a Facebook Group named “Flood that Mark” (translated using Google Translate), according to TechCrunch. The group has been shut down now, but it had around 1100 members and the members communicated in Portuguese.
The group’s banner image included photos of Mark Zuckerberg, his wife, and an image that is regularly seen in the comments sections of Zuckerberg’s posts hit by the trolls.
These spam comments have been made for several days now, but they don’t seem to be part of any protest. I think they are made just for fun as the attackers look to reach record number of comments.