Facebook shuts down thousands of fake Pages, accounts
27 Mar 2019
The company pulled 513 Pages.
SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook has removed 2,632 Pages, Groups and accounts that were engaged in coordinated inauthentic behaviour on its platform, as well as on Instagram.
The social media platform said it did not find any links between these sets of activities but they used similar tactics by creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing.
"We removed 1,907 Facebook Pages, Groups and accounts for engaging in spam -- and a small portion of these engaged in coordinated inauthentic behaviour " Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy at Facebook, said in a blog post late Tuesday.
The individuals behind these activities used fake accounts primarily to operate Groups and Pages posting spam content.
The company pulled 513 Pages, Groups and accounts for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behaviour as part of multiple networks.
"Finally, we removed 212 Facebook Pages, Groups and accounts for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behaviour " the company added.