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Yep, that's always been the problem as far as i can remember. The same thing happened with facebook requests, notifications, profile boxes. If something can be spammed, it will be spammed. However your solution means that apps will have 0 exposure, as the stream is the last channel that facebook has left open. A better solution would be to bring back notifications, which are less intrusive and feel temporary. They might reinstate the quotas they used to have on the number of notifications per app per day they had based on spam feedback.

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