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This bikini link is pure spam, but people can’t seem to stop clicking it
As Ryan from The OC once said, “People who don’t learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Unwitting Facebook users keep clicking on a bogus bikini spam link—even though it already went viral two years ago. As Ryan from The OC once said, “People who don’t learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.”
The video, titled “Look what this girl is wearing at the beach in front of thousands of people!,” started popping up on people’s newsfeeds way back in March 2012. The link included a small thumbnail of a bronzed woman in a bikini, as well as the following description: “During the summer holidays, this girl took the opportunity to do something unheard of! I bet no one can do the same.”
If you click on the link, it takes you to a fake video embedded in a bogus Facebook page. You’re then prompted to fill out a survey to confirm your personal details, but then the link automatically self-replicates on your own newsfeed, convincing your friends to click it as well.
Now the scam has evidently spread like wildfire again. Just like in 2012, gullible Facebook users click on the bikini spam link and inadvertently share it with everyone on their newsfeeds.
It’s unclear what, exactly, they’re expecting to see in the video—what could the girl at the beach possibly be wearing that’s so wacky, anyway? Seashells? Sausage casings? An early 19th-century bathing gown made of head-to-toe muslin and crinoline? It doesn’t matter. If one thing on the Internet is true, it’s that nothing can stop people from clicking on tan young women in skimpy bathing suits.
EJ Dickson is a writer and editor who primarily covers sex, dating, and relationships, with a special focus on the intersection of intimacy and technology. She served as the Daily Dot’s IRL editor from January 2014 to July 2015. Her work has since appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mic, Bustle, Romper, and Men’s Health.