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Porn attack shuts down Marabou's Facebook

Clara Guibourg · 16 Oct 2011, 10:31

Published: 16 Oct 2011 10:31 GMT+02:00

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300,000 site members make Marabou one of Sweden's largest companies on Facebook.

Up until now, members have been able to post their own entries on Marabou's page, but following the spam attack last week when surprised chocolate lovers found porn uploaded onto the site, the chocolate company's Facebook page was shut down entirely.

It has now been opened again, but members are no longer allowed to post entries of their own.

"We want everyone to feel welcome and no one to feel offended," said Hilda Björkman, marketing manager of Marabou's chocolates at Kraft Foods, to Dagens Media.

It's still possible for members to comment on official entries, made by Marabou, a possibility seized with great enthusiasm by many chocolate lovers.

Marabou hasn't experienced such a serious spam attack on their Facebook page before, and is hoping to lift restrictions on their page soon.

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"Our chocolate friends can still comment on our posts, even if we've temporarily chosen to shut down the function for posting entries, as a security measure over the weekend. Next week we're counting on opening up everything as usual," said Hilda Björkman to Dagens Media.

Clara Guibourg (clarabara@hotmail.com)

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Your comments about this article

13:09 October 16, 2011 by jacquelinee
Bravo for Maribou and Facebook to have high standards against posting pornography.Kudos!

Too bad "The Local" does not share THOSE executives, considering the recent "Porn Attack" lodged against "Local" readers by The Local themselves with their own disgusting article "Never Mind The Genitals, Here Is Lilla Lovisa" which, inspite of a unanimous cry by all reader/posters to be removed, still remains in the archives as a testament to the questionable moral standards of the Local's executives and reporters. It should be totally removed and destroyed and a huge apology should be made to the Local's readers and advertisers.
06:42 October 17, 2011 by crunchy2k
@jacquelinee, How do you not see that this was Hilda Björkman, marketing manager of Marabou's chocolates at Kraft Foods. She wanted their site to receive more coverage. What better way than to engineer a non-media event.

This post best read while listening to 'The Internet Song' as sung by characters from the 'World of Warcraft.' Subtitled: wwwDOTyoutubeDOTcom/watch?v=4pn4kZyqVRU
13:53 October 17, 2011 by Opinionfool
Perhaps the poster of those images is a fan of 9 1/2 weeks and was simply contributing examples of how they had used Maribou products in their re-enactments of scenes from the film.

What it really shows is how deficient Facebook's security controls are -- even after their latest round of changes.
15:45 October 17, 2011 by jacquelinee
Maribou has nothing on The Local.

I see Katherine Dunn's High Class article of some "lady" (hahahahha) who has Jenna Jamesion as a role model (that says it all) i sback on the front page again inspite of an outcry by all Readers/posters who are in 100%agreement, probably for the first time ever, that this filth should be removed. The entire staff should be ashamed and offer a formal apology to it's readers AND it's advertisers, some who have businesses directed towards children. By this article, The Local has slipped from being an accredited news vehicle to a trash tag site.
18:46 October 17, 2011 by Opinionfool

Don't ever count me in your gross generalisation. I did not make any outcry about the appearance of recent items here. I am 100% in DIS-agreement with you about removal from The Local web site.

As to filth, it wasn't. Maybe the item's content differs from your values and morality but don't presume to speak for me or anyone else.

I may criticise The Local's standard of English but I will not criticise their right to publish what they do.
01:40 October 18, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ Opinionfool

Perhaps you were not actually awareof the content. or the lyrics. I will send an excerpt from one of them to you a private message. They are to disgusting to repeat. If you think they are acceptable on a NEWS site (remember, the actual videos were originally posted) then you are very right. Our values are certainly different and if you actually do feel this is appropriate on a site that advertises education, government agencies, schools and NOT porn, rock and snus/condoms, thenis a very sad statement as to where our wold is headed.
10:37 October 18, 2011 by Opinionfool
I was aware of the lyrics before your private message to me. They are not brilliant poetry but so what. Have you never listened to The Rolling Stones "Satifaction"? Mike Jagger is on record as saying that the line "Can't you see I'm on a loosing streak" is a direct reference to a woman's menstrual blood; all the more outrageous at the time because England had censorship of song lyrics, plays, books, etc. Jagger said they got one passed the censor.

Have you never watched/listened pop videos by Christina Aguilera? Dirrty for example. The lyrics of Brittney Spears' first album are encoded text too. Ironic that it was recorded in Stockholm then.

As to where our world is headed, well have you never visited a museum and seen Egyptian art? or Heronimous Bosch? Or Picasso's Geurnica? Or looked up at the ceiling of the Cistene Chapel? Have you never read Shakespeare's (or your national equivalent's) play and poetry? Good grief Romeo and Juliet is about under-age sex!

But the issue is *not* what the content is but whether censorship should be applied. I do not believe in censorship at all. It has no effect, for when imposed the material goes underground and nothing is gained. Art, including that of Lilla Lovis, should be judged solely on whether it is good or bad. I happen to think that Lovis' work (based on the excerpts I've read) is bad art.

Ban Lilla Lovis, then what? Where do you stop? Burn Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses? An illiterate people die in protest riots? Banning Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughter House 5 or Sarah Ockler's Twenty Boy Summer in schools as the school board in Republic Missouri did earlier this year (2011)? Having read Ockler's book, deliberately because of that ban, there is nothing in it that deserves banning. What it does, exactly what I believe Lilla Lovis does with you, is to challenges pre-conceptions and assumptions. It exposes plausability structures for the fallacy that they are. And that is the purpose of all art. Republic, MI were close to a modern day book burning scenario.

A *news* site that does not address all the issues of its contemporary society is not worthy of the moniker news. I hope that The Local will continue to report on controversial issues. (Though please editors sort your English out.)
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