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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Facebook Blocked Thousands of Fake Accounts to Fight Spam

Facebook Blocked Thousands of Fake Accounts to Fight Spam

Facebook Blocked Thousands of Fake Accounts to Fight Spam

Added: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ISP, Download, BitTorrent, MPAA, RIAA, copyright-infringement, file-sharing, Torrenting
The social network has got rid of tens of thousands of fake accounts in its attempt to dismantle a sophisticated global spam operation. Facebook confirmed that it had been working to disrupt a network for 6 months, cracking on “inauthentic likes and comments”. The company found out that accounts allegedly operated by users from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and other countries, which liked and commented on publishers’ pages, were part of the same coordinated spam operation. Facebook explained that the accounts had been created not en masse, but through “more sophisticated means” in order to try and disguise the link between them. Spammers also used proxies to disguise their true location.


The goal of those accounts was to deceptively gain new friend connections by liking and interacting with popular publisher pages on Facebook, and then send out spam. Many of them have been left dormant – the company suggests they had not been mobilized yet to actually make connections and send spam to users. By disrupting the spam campaign, Facebook expects that it will prevent it from reaching its end goal of sending inauthentic content to large numbers of users.

Facebook reminds that fake accounts are widely used to create and spread spam on its networks, which is one of the reasons for its real-name policy. The company recently announced improvements to its ability to detect even convincing fake accounts by tracking the patterns of their activity, without assessing the content itself. It detects giveaways like the same content posted multiple times through automated pattern-recognition.

Facebook also suspended 30,000 French accounts a few days ago. News outlets comment on the suspensions, saying they were motivated in part by the need to crack down on the spread of misinformation ahead of the elections.

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Date:  Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Comments (12) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2017-04-19 16:22:52)
No avatarSmells like a plot from a certain major US political party, has been exposed for all to see.

Wastebook where “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET junkieET loverSupermanmenSun (2017-04-19 21:00:15)
analogkid6103 avatarEven before Inet lies and BS always moved fast. Truth was boring, creative lies were entertaining. People are still the same lame's and sheeple that they always were.
Am I wrong? No worries, though when Im proved right Ill be just as miserable as everyone else UGH. tick tock

posted by (2017-04-19 22:53:03)
Inpurisnatura avatarWhat a sad state of affairs our lives have become when there's actually a market for fake "likes" on a website of people you don't really even know. I'm worried about people's collective self-esteem in a world where this is even a thing.

posted by (2017-04-20 01:34:46)
n2kmaster avatarSomeone should try to add Donald Trumps urls to Addmefast......betcha you get denied for duplicate addresses.....yup, hes a like 4 like kinda guy

posted by (2017-04-20 02:22:15)
No avatarat least theyre finally getting rid of the horrible fake news crap

posted by Site FriendVerified UploaderET junkieET loverGirlSunTurtle (2017-04-20 04:07:19)
ZombieQueen avatarAlso known as "sleeper accounts" used by fakers everywhere, they just cluing into that?

posted by Girl (2017-04-20 08:19:05)
KeiraR avatar@#5
Yesterday i saw how our king wants to divorce his wife for lying to him "again".
Pictures of a crying queen and an angry king to go with them. This was a FB recommendation... lol

posted by Trusted UploaderTurtle (2017-04-20 21:14:20)
PirateShovon avatarMany fake accounts (some legit accounts too) were banned here in Bangladesh!
I appreciate that. Fake accounts spread rumors!

posted by Blocked (2017-04-21 07:24:43)
No avatar@analogkid6103 shut up you tinfoil freak

posted by (2017-04-21 19:33:50)
black_fox514 avatarfacebook blocked thousands of legit accounts and did diddlysquat to the actual fake and spammy ones!

posted by (2017-04-22 14:42:28)
No avatarPretty Sad if you need to get news headlines from Facebook! I use it to interact with family and friends that i dont see often... silly me for simply scrolling and not reading all the junk that comes with it. I dont find it too hard on my life to scroll past, seems its hard for many others.

posted by (2017-04-24 00:37:16)
Inpurisnatura avatarI agree with pearljammer. If you're using Facebook to get your news, you're doing it wrong. It seems like everyone who commented here KNOWS about how "spammy" Facebook is, so who are the people who are getting duped? Well, let's be honest, if you're looking to Facebook for your news, you're already at what I'd consider a "lower threshold IQ spot". Is it possible that everyone on ExtraTorrent is just smarter than the average bear?

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