Does this statement, “Wow cool post, thanks for sharing.” look familiar? It’s a new trend that is flooding most of the comment threads of some popular Facebook pages.
The cause of these comment trend are basically from post spamming. It started from Facebook accounts that use an auto-commenting program to regularly post content on several Facebook pages. Some of the phrases being used are the following: “New top fan share ko lang”, “Waiting for my top fan badge!”, “New Top fan! I recommend this!!”, “Top fan checking in …” and the latest is the “Wow cool post, thanks for sharing”
The main purpose of spammers spreading these kind of comment is to eventually earn a Top Fan badge to get perks like comment highlight, raffles prizes, and fan ranking. The Top Fan title is given only by Facebook to those who are active followers who leaves comments, likes or reactions to the page.
After a wave of comments spammed, a lot of people actually joined the trend and unknowingly became part of the spam spreading across the social media pages. This type of trend is known as “CopyPasta”, where a block of text copied and pasted across the internet by individual through social media platforms, to the point it becomes spam.
Above are the example of post from ABS-CBN News, flooded with “Wow cool post, thanks for sharing <3” comment.
The exact comment phrase originally started from IGN page last May 9, 2019, when a group of trolls flooded their comment thread with “Wow cool post IGN, thanks for sharing“, as a sign of protest for posting non-gaming related content.
It first appears in IGN on a photo post “Apex Legends on Mobile” in a comment dated back to May 9, 2019 01:10 PM (Manila, Philippine Time).
In the same post but on another comment with a date stamp of May 9, 2019 01:32 PM (Manila, Philippine Time), some of the alleged trolls are claiming that they are the one who started it and the other guy mentions about a bots – stealing a status that refers to “Wow cool post IGN thanks for sharing”.
It quickly spread throughout IGN posts, and the rest is history.
How to Block these Comments:-
If you are a page admin and wondering how to deal with this kind of spam. You can block these comments by going to Facebook Page Moderation Settings.
To do that, go to Settings > General.
Look for the Page Moderation, then paste the exact phrase to block.
Click Save Changes to apply.
Doing this will mark those comments as spam and the page admin can approve or delete the content. This is also the best way to track down users who are doing these spam comments.
No one has been able to provide a 100%, accurate history on how the spamming started, but Reddit has some solid insights.
Some say it’s the doing of alt-right trolls to stop IGN from posting content because the site became too “woke”. The other theory suggests that commenters just want Top Fan badges.
Another day, another meme. Thanks for sharing, internet.
How do you feel about seeing these while checking out your favorite Facebook pages? Let us know in the comment section!