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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

Facebook purges more than 800 spam accounts and pages

The 800 deleted spam pages were all based in the US.

Facebook says it has purged more than 800 US pages and accounts for spamming users with bad links and clickbait. AP
Facebook says it has purged more than 800 US pages and accounts for spamming users with bad links and clickbait. AP

Facebook says it has purged more than 800 US pages and accounts for spamming users with garbage links and clickbait.

Facebook accuses their backers of "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" for setting up networks of pages and accounts designed to mislead users about who they are and what they're doing.

The social network says these accounts spread "sensational political content" designed to drive people to ad-laden websites outside Facebook. In the past, such spammers have often focused on celebrity gossip, weight loss remedies and fake iPhones.

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The turn toward politics suggests that spammers are learning from the Russian playbook on how to get people riled up and clicking. Facebook has been working to weed out misinformation and election meddling since it acknowledged that Russian agents abused its service in 2016.