Facebook takes down hundreds of fake accounts ahead of US midterm elections

Facebook bans fake accounts

With less than a month to go before millions vote in the US midterm elections, Facebook has removed hundreds of pages and accounts that were caught spreading misinformation. In a news post on Friday, Facebook revealed that it has taken down 559 Pages and 251 accounts "that have consistently broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior." The social media giant also offered some details about those accounts.

Facebook says that offenders often use fake accounts or multiple accounts with the same name to share "massive amounts of content" to various Groups and Pages, directing users to their websites. This made their content appear more viral. Ad farms disguised as forums for political discussion were also part of the purge.

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