Facebook Deletes Tens Of Thousands Of Phantom Accounts

Sep

28

2017

The Social Networking Platform on Wednesday published a new update on its efforts to protect the German Federal Elections of 2017 and explained that in the run-up to the elections, it had removed tens of thousands of fake accounts in Germany as part of its efforts to combat false news during the elections in Germany.

Richard Allan, vice president of Facebook for public policy in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said the Silicon Valley-based company has made a concerted effort to ensure that social networking is not used as a platform for public opinion, and that protecting our platform during the election is a big priority for us. Especially in the face of hostile and coordinated interventions.

“These measures did not completely remove the misinformation in these elections, but they made it difficult to publish and appear among the popular news. Waiting for those trying to abuse our service is an ongoing effort led by our security and safety teams,” the company’s executive said in a statement.

The news comes six days after Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the platform through a live video to defend his platform and published a plan to determine how to combat the company’s spread of false news, and comes this transparency after investigations revealed that the Russian government has intervened in the US presidential elections for 2016 through manipulation of social networks .

Facebook showed a number of initiatives through which the social network undertook to monitor election publications in Germany on its platform. The company’s search for suspicious patterns of activity led to the removal of more than 20,000 fictitious accounts. It also tested the feature of related articles, Different views on the issues raised by the news posted by users.

The Facebook platform also uses machine learning techniques to reduce the number of clicks and spam from accessing users’ news feeds, which are central to user accounts and allow users to see updates from people who follow them.

The platform removed fraudulent accounts when it noticed suspicious activity following widespread foreign interventions in the French and US presidential elections last year and worked closely with the authorities, including the Federal Information Security Office, to monitor security threats during the campaign and to promote civic engagement And voter education efforts.

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