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Facebook closes more fake accounts related to Russia

via:cnBeta.COM     time:2019/5/7 8:31:31     readed:802


After the tech giant discovered that the Russian "troll" used its platform to publish false content during the 2016 US presidential election, Facebook has been under pressure to crack down on false information. Since then, the company has been shutting down false accounts not only related to Russia, but also Iran, the United Kingdom and even the United States.

Facebook also opened a new operations center in Ireland to crack down on fake news before the EU parliamentary elections this month. The center was imitated after the election of the company's "war room" during the 2018 US midterm elections.

"We are gradually eliminating this abuse, but as we said before, this is an ongoing challenge," Nathaniel Gleicher, director of Facebook's cybersecurity policy, said in a blog post. “We are committed to continuous improvement to stay ahead.”

The company revoked the “coordinated untrue behavior” of the Russian-related accounts, which meant that they misled others why they wanted to run the account and its identity.

Facebook said it found two separate businesses related to Russian fake accounts. One of the activities included 97 fake Facebook accounts, pages and groups, focused on Ukraine, and published content about local and political news. According to Facebook, fake accounts and pages have attracted thousands of fans. Approximately 34,000 accounts focus on one or more fake Facebook pages, and approximately 86,000 accounts join at least one fake group.

Facebook also found a separate event in which fake Russian accounts were used to target Austria, Germany, Spain, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. The social network calls the person behind the account using a "spoofing strategy", such as imitating other users and joining a Facebook group. They also tried to "expand the allegations of public figures representing the work of the intelligence services." False accounts share posts about popular political issues, including immigration, religion, and NATO.

Facebook said it has passed information about fraudulent accounts to law enforcement, policy makers and industry partners.

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