The U.S. midterm elections are coming up soon. In the run-up to this, Facebook decided to remove several hundred pages related to political spam and coordinated fake behaviour. In this way, the social network is responding to the call for more action when it comes to fake news and attempts at political control.
Violation of the rules
Many used fake accounts or multiple accounts of the same name and placed large amounts of content on a network of Groups and Pages to drive traffic to their websites, says Facebook. Many used the same techniques that make content look more popular than it actually is on Facebook. Others were ad farms that used Facebook to mislead people into thinking they were platforms for legitimate political debate.
Such tactics are not uncommon and sometimes a legitimate way to raise funds. But in those cases, pages are honest about their goals and activities. In the case of the deleted pages, it was only about earning money and seducing internet visitors and not about political games.
As we get better at detecting this kind of abuse, the people behind it – whether they’re acting for economic or political reasons – need to change their tactics to prevent them from being discovered, says the company. That is why we are investing heavily, including in better technology, in order to prevent this type of abuse.This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give Techzine.eu a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.