Facebook removed accounts and pages for spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior. The pages and account are taken down involved in activities of driving fake traffic to the websites seem legitimate, but are actually ad farms.
Facebook enforced the policy against many pages, groups, and accounts created in motivating the political debate, including in the US, the Middle East, Russia, and the UK.
“Most politically motivated activity we’ve seen, the “news” stories or opinions these accounts and Pages share are often indistinguishable from the legitimate political debate”, the company added.
“Topics like natural disasters or celebrity gossip have been popular ways to generate clickbait. But today, these networks increasingly use sensational political content – regardless of its political slant,” reads the Facebook blog post.
The company said the common type of spam has been posts that hawk fraudulent products like fake sunglasses or weight loss “remedies.” But a lot of the spam we see today is different.
“Many people using fake accounts or multiple accounts and posts the same contents across all the pages and groups to drive huge traffic to their website and Many used the same techniques to make their content appear more popular,” said Oscar Rodriguez, Facebook Product Manager.
Facebook said the taken down accounts and pages are often used to dozens of clickbait and artificially inflates engagement for their inauthentic Pages and posts they share.
According to the New York Times, who obtains a list of some pages removed, shows some popular pages have been removed. “Among them were Right Wing News, which had more than 3.1 million followers, and left-wing pages that included the Resistance and Reverb Press, which had 240,000 and 816,000 followers.”
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