Facebook has deactivated an app that prompted one to “Verify Your Account”, amassing suspicion among many users. According to a CNET report, Facebook e-mailed the tech site confirming the “Verify Your Account” application is already disabled.
According to a Facebook spokesperson, “…this app has been disabled. We take action against apps that violate our platform policies as laid out here: https://developers.facebook.com/policy/, in order to maintain a trustworthy experience for users.
But Facebook did not mention anything about how the app works and the amount of time it spent on the social networking site. The Facebook spokesperson said that aside from the information mentioned above, they don’t have much to say about the harmful app.
If you have used Facebook lately, you may have noticed this app, which appeared in the notifications as “(Friend’s name) sent you a request in Verify Your Account.” Clicking the link directs you to a pop-up window claiming to be from Facebook, and warning users of account termination if they don’t verify before the 20th of June, mentioning SOPA or the Stop Online Piracy Act.
CNET clarified that SOPA “has nothing to do with online privacy or accounts on Facebook, and which is also going nowhere in Congress.”
Using this app will only spam it to other Facebook contacts. According to CNET, clicking the buttons that appear with the message, namely the ‘click here to verify’ and ‘complete verification’ buttons, heedlessly allow the app to access the account of a user and spread this message to all of that user’s contacts.