Facebook battles fake accounts in effort to curb fake news

While fake accounts have become the norm on Twitter, its main rival, Facebook has gone ahead to declare war on fake accounts as it rolls out new system to identify fake accounts that promote fake news on the social network.

The systems makes it more difficult to create fake accounts that promote fake news, and also douse fake user accounts.

According to the company, the system allowed it to identify and eliminate more than 30,000 fake accounts in France alone, and by recognize patterns of activity, such as repeated posting of the same content, or an increase in messages sent.

And it's significantly more difficult for people to sell fake likes on Facebook, as the company has developed sophisticated systems to help block automated programs (or “bots”) from trying to create fake accounts.

Facebook also iterated its aim to reduce the financial incentives for spammers who rely on distribution to make their efforts worthwhile, as a lot of false news is financially motivated.

Overall, it's good to know that Facebook has got security systems running in the background to help block suspicious activities.
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