Is it possible to suffer a “negative” attack on a social media account or profile? Sure, it is. My main, Meta Verified personal Facebook profile, which is different than my Facebook Page, is currently suffering a “negative social media attack” over the past 24 hours.In the past 24 hours, I’ve received reports of at least 81 of my personal Facebook posts be attacked–they have been reported to Facebook. There’s been only 1 or 2 posts that I’ve been able to actually see, such as this post about Santa Claus. After posting it here on my site, I posted on my personal Facebook profile about the post. That photo/image was reported because of “copyright” or a “trademark” issue. It’s not an issue, that one happens to have been created using Canva.com. It’s not a TM or copyright issue. Period.
Even the actual post that I posted on my Facebook profile, the one that said that my posts are being mass reported and I’m suffering a negative attack… that one was automatically flagged (most likely because of the word “mass” and “attack”). It took about 2-3 minutes for this to show up. I edited the post, by the way, to take ‘mass’ out of it:
I’ve written before, a lot, in fact, about negative SEO, and I’m pretty convinced, after speaking with Google employees (in person) about it, that actual negative SEO doesn’t really exist. It’s very minimal at this point. However, negative attacks on social media exist–and even thought I’ve written a lot about it and understand it (I’ve even served as an expert witness regarding negative online attacks), this is one of the first times that I’ve experienced it myself. What I suspect, at this point, and there is no way to know, is that it might be in retaliation for one of my last posts regarding the negative phishing spam that’s been occurring on Facebook. Either way, I am confident that I’ll get through this, as I’m taking some steps to minimize it. And, of course, if there is an issue, then I have confidence in Meta, as I am Meta Verified, and supposedly will be able to “speak with a human” if there is an issue.
By the way, as the first image/screen capture suggests, I believe this is a targeted social media attack because it’s been against 81 Facebook posts in the past 24 hours (maybe even in the past 12 hours!). If it was a few posts, okay… but not 81 posts in 24 hours.
In the meantime, here are some tips if you’ve experienced the same thing as I’ve experienced (a negative social media attack).