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Facebook deletes 559 pages, 251 accounts for political spam, misinformation

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Facebook is deleting hundreds of U.S.-based accounts and pages for breaking the company’s terms against inauthentic content and spam.

“Today, we’re removing 559 Pages and 251 accounts that have consistently broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior,” the company said in a blog post.

Most of the deleted accounted, according to Facebook, spread political misinformation.

The company also noted that many used strategies like posting on fake or multiple accounts to generate traffic, or to inflate their popularity.

“Given the activity we’ve seen — and its timing ahead of the U.S. midterm elections — we wanted to give some details about the types of behavior that led to this action,” the post said. “Many were using fake accounts or multiple accounts with the same names and posted massive amounts of content across a network of Groups and Pages to drive traffic to their websites.

“Many used the same techniques to make their content appear more popular on Facebook than it really was. Others were ad farms using Facebook to mislead people into thinking that they were forums for legitimate political debate.”

The company further added that it took this decision “because people will only share on Facebook if they feel safe and trust the connections they make here.”

Earlier this year, Facebook executed two other purges, removing accounts tied to Russian and Iranian social media influence campaigns.

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