Oct 12, 2018

Facebook shuts down 'spammy' politics pages

EPA Facebook has removed more than 800 pages and accounts that sought to profit from politically themed spam. In a blog, Facebook said the 559 pages and 251 accounts abused the network to try to make people visit sites that make money from adverts. The same people running these "Inauthentic" pages also posted "Clickbait" messages to many Facebook groups to drum up traffic, it said. Facebook had struggled to pick out these pages and accounts because the posts and information they shared were similar to those seen on legitimate political sites. In a separate move, Reuters reported that Facebook had shut down dozens of accounts belonging to Russian firm SocialDataHub which had "Scraped" data about users from the site.

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