Facebook bans accounts in violation of rules
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