Face­book bans accounts in vi­o­la­tion of rules

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Face­book shut down 251 accounts for break­ing rules against spam and co­or­di­nated de­ceit, some of it by ad farms pre­tend­ing to be fo­rums for po­lit­i­cal de­bate.

The move came as the lead­ing so­cial net­work strives to pre­vent the plat­form from be­ing used to sow divi­sion and spread mis­in­for­ma­tion ahead of the US elec­tions in Novem­ber.

Face­book re­moved 559 pages and 251 accounts that con­sis­tently vi­o­lated rules against spam and “co­or­di­nated in­au­then­tic be­hav­iour”, ac­cord­ing to an on­line post on Thurs­day by cy­ber­se­cu­rity pol­icy chief Nathaniel Gle­icher and prod­uct man­ager Os­car Ro­driguez. “Many were us­ing fake accounts or mul­ti­ple accounts with the same names and posted mas­sive amounts of con­tent across a net­work of groups and pages to drive traf­fic to their web­sites,” they said.

“Many used the same tech­niques to make their con­tent ap­pear more pop­u­lar than it was.” Other pages and accounts shut down were “ad farms” us­ing Face­book to trick peo­ple into think­ing they were fo­rums for le­git­i­mate po­lit­i­cal de­bate.

Face­book is get­ting a “war room” up and run­ning on its Sil­i­con Val­ley cam­pus to quickly re­pel ef­forts to use the so­cial net­work to med­dle in up­com­ing elec­tions in the US and Brazil.

Teams at Face­book have been hon­ing re­sponses to po­ten­tial sce­nar­ios like floods of bo­gus news or cam­paigns to trick peo­ple into think­ing they can cast bal­lots by text, ac­cord­ing to ex­ec­u­tives. Face­book is keen to pre­vent the kinds of voter ma­nip­u­la­tion that took place ahead of the elec­tion of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. –

Many were us­ing fake accounts or mul­ti­ple accounts and posted mas­sive amounts of con­tent across a net­work of groups

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