Overheard on CNN.com: Dodging explicit content in your Facebook feed
Facebook has been hit by a widespread attack spamming porn and violent images, security experts say.
November 15th, 2011
05:32 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Dodging explicit content in your Facebook feed

"They're sure it's a spam attack? And not just users uploading their Halloween photos?"
– snarkattack

You might start longing for the days of excessively personal status updates and Farmville activity clogging up Facebook news feeds. Recent reports of porn, violent images and other graphic content on the social networking site (including by some of our own CNN.com staffers) have gotten readers talking.

Facebook: Hack identified, most porn removed

"This happened to me 3 weeks ago," wrote user mongoo. "Real embarrassing. I deleted my Facebook account and haven't looked back since. I actually feel free again."

Readers described the images they encountered. "I saw the dead dog, very sad and disgusting," noted lamp29.

digammo wrote, "Anyone joking about these images are as sick as the hackers. And if you have seen any of them, you will understand." This commenter added, "There is no link. The images show up on your feed as 'likes' from your friends."

Some commenters said users' responses to the imagery made the problem worse in some cases. StJamesIII offered some advice.

"It's not hacking. What happens is anyone on your friends list that comments on one of those pictures with their complaints and tirades ends up having that picture show up on all of their friends' timelines. That's how it's spreading. Don't complain about the picture. Just delete it, and if you have friends commenting on them tell them to cut it out because they're only exposing it to everybody on their friends list."

Blam0h1 said, "Saw some of this going on yesterday. The enraged comments only made the 'fire' larger. It was like a train accident in that you couldn't look away at the horror but the morbid side thought how clever it was to initiate such an attack."

Others thought people were overreacting to the spam, and there were a few jokes. "Were there any casualties as a result of this egregious attack? I'm prepared to donate blood if need be," wrote P0DPE0PLE.

And then there were those who felt  a little left out. EngrScott wrote, "Just checked my Facebook.  Didn't get any pron.  Don't know if I should be happy or disappointed."

What do you think? Got any tips for Facebook users, or commentary to add? Join the conversation by sharing your thoughts in the comments area below, or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    Awww, a peek-a-poo? Sounds too cute for words!
    Later, gator!

    November 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. anthony freeman

    So like i said along time ago i could not get back to my account and every thing i had i cant get back but becouse it hapin to one of you now you beleve

    November 16, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    November 16, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. F5

    Oh google poverty increasment academy. Thats not what this blog is about! Its about the recent problem with facebook explicite photos, right?

    November 16, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. F5

    I have one leg gone 8 fingers, one ear a testicle, one and a half feet, a colon bag, a catheter bag ,a bed pan, a vomit sack, a carton of smokes,and 3 pounds of skunk bud,,,,

    November 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. F5

    Oh lets not forget half a butt hair missing thats partially grey,can you help me find my butt hair?

    November 16, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    Its a beautifull day in my neighborhood wont you be my roomate f5?

    November 16, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. llbabe

    Hackers are a major problem. In the age of fast growing technology it comes as no surprise. Facebook has become a show and these current generations will have to re-invent themselves with the current nonsense they post.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
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