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Facebook says it is removing 559 pages and 251 accounts that “have consistently broken … rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior.”
The company explained Thursday that this batch of accounts and pages was focused on manipulating the platform for financial gain by pumping out misleading political clickbait and spam rather than trying to actually influence U.S. politics.
The article goes on to state the following:
“They post clickbait posts on these Pages to drive people to websites that are entirely separate from Facebook and seem legitimate, but are actually ad farms,” Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher said.
Here’s Facebook’s statement on removing more than 800 accounts and pages for promoting political messages for-profit: https://t.co/FuaMpo9Ilz
WaPo’s article on the news: https://t.co/wIgxTedU0I
— Ken Yeung (@thekenyeung) October 11, 2018
NEW: Facebook just made a bold move of purging 800+ DOMESTIC political pages ahead of the midterms. I say bold because there’s no way this doesn’t draw a lot of political backlash. This isn’t the Russian IRA. https://t.co/HmeGD1tM9H
— Elizabeth Dwoskin (@lizzadwoskin) October 11, 2018
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Facebook purges more than 800 U.S. accounts, pages for flooding users with politically oriented content that violated spam policies https://t.co/ctjIHfY5Pz
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 11, 2018
“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…” https://t.co/FxAgZVxlZM
— CNET (@CNET) October 11, 2018