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Facebook deletes hundreds of US-based political accounts for "coordinated inauthentic...

By midian182 · 11 replies
Oct 12, 2018 at 6:26 AM
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  1. Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, and product manager, Oscar Rodriguez, wrote that 559 Pages and 251 accounts that use “sensational political content” were purged from the social network.

    Facebook emphasized that the accounts weren’t removed for their content but because of their actions. It says they consistently broke the rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior, noting that many were using fake accounts or multiple accounts to drive traffic to their websites.

    “Many used the same techniques to make their content appear more popular on Facebook than it really was. Others were ad farms using Facebook to mislead people into thinking that they were forums for legitimate political debate,” the pair said.

    “As we get better at uncovering this kind of abuse, the people behind it — whether economically or politically motivated — will change their tactics to evade detection. It’s why we continue to invest heavily, including in better technology, to prevent this kind of misuse.”

    The company did say that part of the reason why it revealed details on the removals was the upcoming US midterms, which are only a few weeks away.

    Facebook didn’t specify which accounts and Pages were removed, but the New York Times names Right Wing News and left-leaning pages that include The Resistance and Reverb Press, which had a combined follower count of over 4 million (Right Wing Press had 3.1 million alone). Other affected pages include Nation in Distress, Reasonable People Unite, and Snowflakes.

    The Editor-in-chief of Reverb Press, Edward Lynn, said Facebook gave him no prior warning that it would be removing his page. He also disputed the company’s claims. “We are a legitimate news publisher,” he told The Guardian. “We are not fake news. We are not misinformation. We are not foreign. We are simply a small independent news publication trying to grow.”

    Back in August, Facebook took down 652 Pages, groups, and accounts that originated in Iran and Russia for “coordinated inauthentic behavior.”

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  2. Adorerai

    Adorerai TS Enthusiast Posts: 30   +13

    Facebook is a complete joke, they've suspended some of our accounts for discussing historically accurate attrocities that happened in Cambodia during the Pol Pot era! The pick and choose what information they want to be disseminated.
    gibbstar, MaXtor, Reachable and 2 others like this.
  3. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 2,904   +1,422

    IMO - anyone who lets any fakebook account influence their political decisions is a fool.
    Adorerai and Charles Olson like this.
  4. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Evangelist Posts: 520   +276

    We've seen it happen...so something must be done to save them from themselves.
    wiyosaya and Charles Olson like this.
  5. JaredTheDragon

    JaredTheDragon TS Guru Posts: 416   +274

    "They" don't pick and choose. Facebook is an intel creation and tool, nobody there gets to pick what stays and what gets censored. It's barely even a real company.
  6. Lew Zealand

    Lew Zealand TS Booster Posts: 94   +71

    Fools or not, unfortunately most have the right to vote.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,499   +625

    Yeah.... because I trust FB to control what political content reaches me or not. :-/
  8. Reachable

    Reachable TS Maniac Posts: 270   +123

    This all stems from Russiagate, the deceptive effort by DNC and Hillary to distract the public from the exposure of their manipulation of the primaries in 2016.

    Now things have reached truly frightening proportions. Pressure on the elected government and social media sites has opened the door to censorship not just of suspected foreign actors but also of political dissidents in the U.S. itself. This is being guided by the Atlantic Council, a right wing organization aligned with NATO that includes defense contractors and Saudi and Israeli interests, and their main targets are antiwar pages on the left and right.

    There needs to be a huge outcry, but I fear there won't be.

    As for Hillary and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz -- lock 'em up! Those who yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater are responsible for all of its consequences. And I say this as a left-winger who finds Trump repugnant.
    gibbstar likes this.
  9. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,233   +344

    Idk its crazy that people take the things they see on facebook as facts
  10. PcePce

    PcePce TS Rookie Posts: 28   +6

    What I read:

    "MySpace deletes hundreds of US-based political accounts for "coordinated inauthentic behavior""
  11. MaXtor

    MaXtor TS Addict Posts: 170   +73

    I think it's more crazy that Facebook bury and censor facts in order to protect people's feelings (and push their liberal agenda). Fact check: Facts don't care about your feelings.
  12. That Dude There

    That Dude There TS Enthusiast Posts: 79   +22

    So you only trust things from major media outlets? GENIUS

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