November 29, 2020
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“Tens of Thousands” Fake Facebook Accounts Shut Down in the UK

According to a news report by the BBC, “tens of thousands” of fake Facebook accounts have already been removed from the platform, the social network confirms…

“Tens of thousands” of fake Facebook accounts in the UK have been totally purged from the social media site. The social company states it is actively monitoring the repeated posting of the same content and sharp increases in messaging, flagging accounts engaging in these activities.

“Tens of Thousands” Fake Facebook Accounts Taken Down in the United Kingdom

Another measure to combat the spread of fake news in the UK is to identify if users read content before sharing it. The reasoning is, if users don’t share posts after reading the content, it’s an indication it is misleading or outright false.

“These changes help us detect fake accounts on our service more effectively — including ones that are hard to spot. We’ve made improvements to recognize these inauthentic accounts more easily by identifying patterns of activity — without assessing the content itself. For example, our systems may detect repeated posting of the same content, or an increase in messages sent. With these changes, we expect we will also reduce the spread of material generated through inauthentic activity, including spam, misinformation, or other deceptive content that is often shared by creators of fake accounts,” the social giant told TechCrunch.

The company states it’s found after users read an article and do not share it, that’s a signal it is misleading. In December, Facebook began testing this particular signal in its ranking, “specifically for articles that are outliers, where people who read the article are significantly less likely to share it.”

In April, Facebook started testing a News Feed Related Articles fake news detection system

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