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Facebook Identifies New Influence Operations Spanning Globe

By The New York Times

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Tuesday it had identified multiple new influence campaigns that were aimed at misleading people around the world, with the company finding and removing 652 fake accounts, pages and groups that were trying to sow misinformation

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  • I'm not saying this was the intention, but this is the best night in ages to bury some news.

    The breaking Facebook Newsroom blog lays out a lot of numbers. https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/08/more-coordinated-inauthentic-behavior/

    One account got at least 155K followers with a $6K spend.

    What that

    I'm not saying this was the intention, but this is the best night in ages to bury some news.

    The breaking Facebook Newsroom blog lays out a lot of numbers. https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/08/more-coordinated-inauthentic-behavior/

    One account got at least 155K followers with a $6K spend.

    What that tells me is that the fundamental way that Facebook is structured lends itself to this sort of explosive political audience growth. There may in fact be no other way to structure it.

    The important thing to keep in mind though - is that Zuckerberg isn't alone in the middle of it. Facebook is big but it's still just one channel that is competing with other voices on a global stage.

    Blog posts like this one are designed to show us that it can self-regulate with perhaps more transparency. As always, its' all good until the goodwill falls out.

  • it is good to see recognition that this is more than just the 2016 election. I suspect as the earlier posting said that this is a weakness of the platform. if that is the case, perhaps a consistent reminder to users that while FB is working to address this, all users need to be aware that what they are

    it is good to see recognition that this is more than just the 2016 election. I suspect as the earlier posting said that this is a weakness of the platform. if that is the case, perhaps a consistent reminder to users that while FB is working to address this, all users need to be aware that what they are viewing could be intentionally misleading content. it takes awhile evidently to legitimately tract these down so reminders would be helpful.

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