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Facebook Cracks Down On 30,000 Fake News Accounts Ahead of French Election

Too late for the U.S. presidential election, Facebook is going after 30,000 phony accounts used to distribute fake news  in France, ahead of the national vote there. The company is using automated methods to help screen out the fakes, such as finding content repeated on hundreds of the phony sites. Facebook said in a statement Friday that it’s taking “decisive action” against the accounts, presumably shutting them down. “While these most recent improvements will not result in the removal of every fake account , we are dedicated to continually improving our effectiveness,” Facebook technical program manager Shabnam Shaik wrote in a post. The company is relying on “improvements to recognize these inauthentic accounts more easily by identifying patterns of activity without assessing the content itself,” Shaik added.

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Facebook Cracks Down On 30,000 Fake News Accounts Ahead of French Election

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