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article imageFacebook users complain of virus that sends out friend requests

By Darren Weir     Aug 24, 2012 in Internet
A growing number of Facebook users are saying that there appears to be a virus going around that is sending out friend requests to people they don't know or even to people they have blocked.
The Facebook community page is full of reports from users complaining about friend requests going out from their account automatically. It all started to surface when Laini Mancini posted this question on the forum last week, "FACEBOOK KEEPS ADDING FRIENDS THAT I NEVER REQUESTED O BE FRIENDS. SOME OF THE PEOPLE THEY ARE REQUESTING FOR ME I DONT EVEN KNOW??? HOW CAN I MAKE THIS STOP AND ONLY REQUEST THE FRIENDS "I" WANT????...HELP"
In the past week, since it was posted, more than a hundred people have responded and now it is starting to get some attention on the web.
Readwriteweb reports that one user claims she has been blocked by the social network, for 30-days, from making friend requests. She's accused of spamming users with requests but claims she notified the company last week that she didn't send them. So far she hasn't heard back from Facebook.
Readwriteweb says they have received a response from the company, blaming the problems to "user error" and denies that there was a virus or that the site may have been hacked.
Facebook Help has a category now offering tips about this issue. It basically says a friend request has to be initiated by you, despite repeated claims that people who are reporting the issue, never sent the requests. Facebook says they want you to tell them about it though, if "you're sure you didn't send a friend request or invitation to someone on your friend list."
Last year Facebook was hit with a virus that was spread through instant messages sent from accounts.
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