James, the thing is, yes, people do commonly jailbreak, but none of those apps available are malicious. Every app in the default sources are tested and checked by the owners of the sources. its really very different
I hate to say it, but the only thing that will stop the spam is people being victimized by it. As more and more people are victimized by identity theft and other problems caused by these rogue applications, they will become more aware of the dangers and so will their friends and family and anyone else they complain to. As users become more aware of the risks and stop running dangerous apps, those apps become less productive and less profitable for the folks that create them. That is the only thing that I can think of that will stop them! The walled garden approach may help avoid the problem but it doesn't really help fix it because the users are still ignorant.
Hobby coders are free to build any app they like on another site, and people can link to it from FB, if they like it. FB needs to tighten the security a lot. A "walled garden' approach won't remove the problem altogether, because those third party sites will still, in some cases, be able to hijack a person's FB, but it's a start, and attacks via third-party sites are easier to prevent.
What is up with Facebook?60 - 70% of what i receive on my wall is things like; WIN A FREE IPHONE, JUSTIN BEIBER HAS A SPAZZ ATTACK!, OMG OMG LOOK AT THIS and more. I cannot believe that Facebook would let this happen!
Apple may have the walled garden but many people, espeically the young, will happily jailbreak their phones for the free apps they can download and will either ignore, or be ignorant, of the risks involved. In the same way, most young people will ignore "trusted" apps to get soemthing for nothing - how else do all the "win a free iPhone" scams work. The middle road will allow those who wish to limit risks to do so and allow the others to learn from their mistakes, possibly.
I don't know where the person above got the information that Face book doesn't have a lot of money...........your kidding me where do you get your information. I just the creator of Face book donate 100 million dollars for kids getting a better education on Oprah show. Please FB can afford a lot more then you obvious think. There loaded anyone who can donate 100 mil is beyond rich................
I think the middle option is the most realistic. Now that there's a lot of people making a lot of money from apps there will be more takers, and it still allows hobby coders the chance to create something (admittedly unverified) without having to pay through the nose for it.Apple make money from the apps, and they have a lot of money anyway. Facebook don't have a great deal of money to spare from what I can see, and it will only get worse as the online ad industry does.
What about a middle option, like they abandoned, only with me able to specify only to allow/show verified apps?