Facebook removes dozens of fake pages, accounts

Aug 02, 2018, 8:17 AM EDT
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Facebook is learning its lessons fast after the Cambridge Analytica fiasco and a grueling session with the U.S. Senators over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. In a crackdown on “coordinated inauthentic behavior” the social media giant has shut down 17 profiles, eight pages, and seven Instagram accounts for their dubious activity.

The suspended pages, mirroring the activity of a Russian “troll factory” caught last year, spent nearly $11,000 attracting followers to add to their current tally of 290,000, reports Futurism.

Facebook refrained from blaming the operations of these pages and accounts on Russia, notes Wired. This is the first time the social media platform has acted towards thwarting shady campaigns and activities before the damage is done.