Example: [Collected via e-mail, February 2010]
All FB friends. This is important. Do this asap! Go to settings. Click on privacy settings. Click on block users. in the name box enter 'automation labs'. A list of approx
Variations: A variant of this message references "Automation Log" (rather than "Automation Labs"):
The suggested action of going to the "Privacy Settings --> Block List" option in one's Facebook account and entering "Automation Labs" in the "Person" field does produce a list of about twenty names, but they're not people who "have access to your Facebook account/profile and spy on what you do!" They're simply the names of users from the general Facebook population who are associated with
If you try typing your own surname (instead of "Automation Labs") into the "Person" field instead, Facebook will display a list of users who share your surname, because they have a common characteristic (i.e., last name) that matches what you entered into the "Person" field. They're just suggestions based on the criterion you entered, however; none of the listed users has any special access to your Facebook account or ability to spy on your activities.
Some Facebook users have noted that Automation Labs sells "cheats" (i.e., the "Farming Extreme Manager" application) for the popular Farmville game, and that by blocking users (i.e., bot programs) associated with Automation Labs, they have speeded up gameplay and enhanced the fairness of Farmville reward collections.
The "Phua Soon Hock" warning is more of the same tomfoolery: It's just a Facebook account that has been associated with phrases such as "automation logs" and "automation labs" so that it shows up whenever other users enter those phrases into the "Block List" option.
Last updated: 4 February 2010