Facebook removes “tens of thousands” of accounts in attempt to fix upcoming UK election

Source: Engadget

“Facebook has doubled its efforts to tackle fake news in the UK. As the nation heads towards a snap general election, the company has removed ‘tens of thousands’ of accounts which it believes were involved in the spread of misinformation. The crack-down is attributed to new detection tools, first announced in April, which can spot suspicious patterns of activity, including repeat posting and sudden spikes in post volume. Tackling these bogus accounts will, as a byproduct, curb the spread of spam, fake news and other ‘deceptive content,’ Facebook claims.” (05/08/17)