• Facebook Purges Hundred of ‘Inauthentic' Pages and Accounts Ahead of Midterm Elections

    7 days ago - By Fortune

    Facebook is continuing its quest to prevent propaganda and fake news from spreading in prelude to the upcoming U.S. midterm elections.
    The social networking giant said in a blog post on Thursday that it is removing 559 pages-the public profiles of firms and celebrities-and 251 accounts, claiming that they were intentionally misleading people, engaging in “inauthentic behavior,” and posting spam.
    Although a lot of the accounts and pages that Facebook typically removes involve scams intended to sell “fake sunglasses or weight loss ‘remedies,'” Facebook said that shady actors are increasingly...
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  • Facebook says it purged more than 800 spam accounts, pages

    7 days ago - By Chron

    NEW YORK - Facebook says it has purged more than 800 U.S. pages and accounts for spamming users with garbage links and clickbait.
    Facebook accuses their backers of "coordinated inauthentic behavior" for setting up networks of pages and accounts designed to mislead users about who they are and what they're doing.
    The social network says these accounts spread "sensational political content" designed to drive people to ad-laden websites outside Facebook. In the past, such spammers have often focused on celebrity gossip, weight loss remedies and fake iPhones.
    The turn toward politics suggests...
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