Facebook disrupts ‘major spam operation’ in ongoing effort targeting fake news — RT News

Facebook has successfully disrupted a major spam operation the company says it has been combating for six months as part of a wider operation to rid the social media platform of hoaxes, misinformation and fake news.

The announcement, delivered Friday, comes one day after Facebook disclosed a crackdown on an estimated 67.7 to 137.8 million fake or duplicate accounts on the platform.

Facebook joins $14mn fund to fight fake news https://on.rt.com/87qi 

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Facebook joins $14mn fund to fight fake news — RT Business

Social media giant Facebook has teamed up with other tech corporations aiming to launch a $14 million fund to end news illiteracy and improve public understanding of journalism.

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The offending fake accounts hailed from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and a host of other countries, Facebook’s Technical Program Manager, Shabnam Shaik, said in a blog post.

Those responsible used “sophisticated means that try to mask the fact that the accounts are part of the same coordinated operation,” in a bid to “deceptively gain new friend connections by liking and interacting primarily with popular publisher Pages” after which they would send spam.

Spammers used tricks to avoid being detected including “redirecting their traffic through ‘proxies’ that disguised their location.”

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Facebook tackles ‘revenge porn’ with tools to prevent re-sharing of images — RT Viral

Facebook has increased its efforts to battle so-called revenge porn, announcing a tool that will identify any offending images and prevent them from being re-shared in the future across the social…

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