Facebook just announced it's partnering with seven new anti-virus companies, in addition to the ones it already worked with. They'll be offering software in the Facebook AV Marketplace, which lets users download antivirus security software. But the real benefit might be in how they affect Facebook at large.
Here's an excerpt from the release:
Our new anti-virus partners bring with them both the latest software and comprehensive intelligence. As with our existing partners, these seven companies will help protect Facebook's community of over a billion users by improving our URL blacklist system. This system scans trillions of clicks per per day, and before each click, the system consults the databases of all our AV Marketplace partners to make sure the website you are about to visit is safe. This means that whenever you click a link on our site you are protected both by Facebook and 12 of the industry leaders in computer security. We will be cooperating with these partners more in the future, and look forward to announcing new tools soon.
You know what that's about. "You won't BELIEVE what Justin Beiber put in his mouth! With Video!" You've clicked on one or two of those, even if you're usually good about it. The URL blacklist helps make Facebook less spammy, and more partners putting more brainpower into getting it up to date faster means a less spammy, virusy, hacky Facebook for everyone. [Facebook]