Facebook Spam Survey: Few Like Seeing Automated Posts

Facebook has started a new initiative to cut down on the amount of spam or automated posts that appear on people’s news feeds. Automated posts are often those that come from other sites or apps like Spotify, Instagram, or Candy Crush. The new initiative would allow users to see more original posts directly from their Facebook friends. Do Facebook users think this is a good idea? And do any of them like seeing Facebook spam?

facebook spam

Facebook Spam

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 49% of respondents said they use Facebook often. 25% said they sometimes use Facebook. 11% rarely use Facebook. And 15% said they never do.

30% of Facebook users said they often see spam or automated posts from sites like Instagram or Spotify on their news feeds. 35% said they sometimes come across automated posts on Facebook. 20% said they rarely see these types of posts. And just 15% of Facebook users said they never notice any spam or automated posts. Those who use Facebook often were 9% more likely to see spam posts often.

User Opinions

In general, just 4% of Facebook users said they like seeing automated posts on their news feeds. 23% said they sometimes like seeing automated posts. 63% said they don’t like seeing automated posts on their news feeds. And 11% said they have no opinion about automated posts on Facebook.

New Initiative

And more specifically, 57% of Facebook users said they would definitely like for Facebook to cut down on the amount of automated posts that appear on news feeds. 36% said they would probably like for Facebook to cut down on these posts. 7% said they probably wouldn’t. And less than 1% said they would definitely not like Facebook to cut down on spam posts.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: Facebook Spam Filter or Purgatory from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on June 1 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anne Pilon
Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.