May 17, 2019
Facebook bans "inauthentic" accounts targeting Africa
Facebook has removed hundreds of social media accounts and banned an Israeli firm due to "Co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour" mainly targeting Africa. Facebook has faced rising criticism for failing to stamp out misinformation on its platform. In a blog post, Facebook said it had removed 265 social media accounts that originated in Israel and focused on Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger and Tunisia, along with "Some activity" in Latin America and South East Asia. The people behind the phantom accounts spent around $812,000 for ads between December 2012 and April 2019, Facebook said, and these were paid for in Brazilian reais, Israeli shekel and US dollars. Facebook has faced increasing criticism for failing to eradicate misinformation that could affect the way people vote in elections.
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