Facebook Starts Crackdown On Fake Accounts

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"Facebook announced that it has started weeding out bogus accounts by watching for suspicious behavior such as repetitive posts or torrents of messages," reports Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The report notes: "The security improvement was described as being part of a broader effort to rid the leading social network of hoaxes, misinformation, and fake news by making sure people are who they claim to be."

The crackdown has already yielded significant results in France, where Facebook took action against 30,000 fake accounts.

Shabnam Shaik, who is the technical program manager on Facebook's Protect and Care Team, explains: "We've found that when people represent themselves on Facebook the same way they do in real life, they act responsibly. Fake accounts don't follow this pattern, and are closely related to the creation and spread of spam."

Moreover, as Facebook points out, when accounts that are suspected of being bogus are suspended, their holders are asked to verify their identifies. Scammers typically won't be able to show proof of their identities.

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