How To Identify and Remove Fake YouTube Video Update SPAM on Facebook

by Rohit Khurana on May 16, 2011


Facebook has become real spammy lately with new spam attack every now and them. Few minutes back I saw these messages on my Facebook wall which came spreading from two of my Facebook friends to many common Friends.


The thumbnail of this video (this is a fake video thumbnail) has an awkward looking play button icon which has been very cleverly crafted to make people believe that its real Facebook YouTube Video update while it is not.

How To Identify Fake YouTube Video Update SPAM on Facebook

Some Weird things which I noted about the update is that there were some weird messages and visual elements which I could use to identify it from a genuine YouTube video update, which are:

Clue 1: The fake YouTube Video update usually does not show the complete URL to the video as you can see in the snapshot below.

Clue 2: The Fake YouTube Update does not have a proper title rather it has catch lines like “wtf rohit why are you in this video” or “omg rama why are you tagged in this video” or “OMG poonam i cant believe youre tagged in this vid” or “YO! rahul what are you doing in this vid”


Clue 3: There is a weird grey pay button in the middle of the video which looks like YouTube play button, but if you observe closely, the real videos have only one play button.


How To Remove Fake YouTube Video Update and Stop It From Spreading

As soon as you see any such update on your wall from some of your friend, this means that your friend has been tricked into clicking on it and have mistakenly clicked it, which is why this update has appeared on your wall. Simply click the cross sign on the top right side of the update and click “Mark as Spam”, this will report it to the Facebook security team to take some action against it as well as it will be removed from your wall.


So share this link with your friends and stop spreading of Facebook Fake YouTube Video Spam.

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Zainab Moosajee May 16, 2011 at 6:25 pm

thanks for sharing this vital advice. I have also been spammed twice by FB; not via YouTube but by posting pictures that are not mine and another stupid posting on the wall.

Manish Bhardwaj May 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Well Done, Rohit

Its wonderful you spent some of ur precious time in informing others about these Spams.
Keep it up.

Warm Regards
Manish Bhardwaj

Colt Badger July 28, 2011 at 12:27 am

The new video that is up does not have an x button to bring up the menu that lets you report it as spam.

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