Monday 26 June 2017

Fake Facebook accounts linked to French election

Facebook says it has targeted 30,000 fake accounts linked to France ahead of the country's presidential election, as part of a worldwide effort against misinformation. (Stock picture)
Facebook says it has targeted 30,000 fake accounts linked to France ahead of the country's presidential election, as part of a worldwide effort against misinformation. (Stock picture)

Kim Ripoll

Facebook says it has targeted 30,000 fake accounts linked to France ahead of the country's presidential election, as part of a worldwide effort against misinformation.

The company said it's trying to "reduce the spread of material generated through inauthentic activity, including spam, misinformation, or other deceptive content".

It said its efforts "enabled us to take action" against the French accounts and that it is removing sites with the highest traffic.

Facebook and French media are also running fact-checking programmes in France to combat misleading information, especially around the campaign for the two-round April 23-May 7 presidential election.

European authorities have also pressured Facebook and Twitter to remove extremist propaganda or other postings that violate European hate speech or other laws.

Facebook ramped up its efforts against the spread of false news and misinformation on its service in December, a month after the US presidential election. The company said at the time that it will focus on the "worst of the worst" offenders and partner with outside fact-checkers and news organisations to sort honest news reports from made-up stories.

It was accused of allowing the spread of false news in the months leading up to the US election.

Irish Independent

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