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Facebook Pulls Down Fake Accounts Spreading Hate in UK

Admitting that people want private, encrypted services, Zuckerberg said Facebook will become like the mobile messaging platform which is more secure with end-to-end encryption

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Facebook has taken down over 100 fake accounts that were used to spread hate in the UK. These pages and groups frequently changed their names to get more followers for furthering their agenda of spreading hate speeches and divisive comments.

The network, spread over Facebook and photo-sharing site Instagram, used fake accounts to pose as both far-right activists and their opponents.

The pages, operating with names such as “Anti Far Right Extremists”, “Atheists Research Centre” and “Politicalised”, garnered almost 175,000 followers on the social networking platform, while another 4,500 followers were found on Instagram, according to Facebook’s Head of Cybersecurity Policy Nathaniel Gleicher.

“It ran pages and groups whose names frequently changed in order to drum up more followers and operated fake accounts to engage in hate speech and spread divisive comments on both sides of UK political debate,” Facebook was quoted as saying by The Guardian late on Thursday.

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The operation was reportedly intended “to counter far-right representations of Muslims, LGBT communities and minorities in the UK”.

The social networking giant took similar action against 31 accounts and pages in Romania for engaging in hate speech and making divisive comments, according to Sky News.

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The crackdown on fake accounts comes a day after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg published a memo about the company becoming a “privacy-focused social network” like WhatsApp.

Admitting that people want private, encrypted services, Zuckerberg said Facebook will become like the mobile messaging platform which is more secure with end-to-end encryption. (IANS)

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Facebook Business Pages Have More Negative Posts Than Positive Ones

Researchers have found out that the number of negative posts on Facebook business pages vastly outweigh the positive ones

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Complaints about social issues receive more likes, but fewer comments, than complaints about quality or money issues," Pixabay

Researchers have found out that the number of negative posts on Facebook business pages vastly outweigh the positive ones by a ratio of nearly two to one.

There are more than 60 million business pages on Facebook and that number is from 2017 and with those pages come scores of positive and negative posts generated by Facebook users.

The researchers have seen that companies have very little control over what customers post, and negative ones can severely damage brands.

“We also found positive and negative posts get more likes than neutral ones, but negative posts get the most comments,” said study researcher Mochen Yang, Professor at the University of Minnesota.

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The number of negative posts on Facebook business pages vastly outweigh the positive ones by a ratio of nearly two to one. VOA

“Complaints about social issues receive more likes, but fewer comments, than complaints about quality or money issues,” Yang added.

The study, published in the journal Information Systems Research, analyses this user-generated content to understand the impact of what users post and how it impacts the brand.

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Engagements depend not only on the type of post, but also in the specific ways the post is positive or negative.

The study looked at data from 12,000 posts from 41 Fortune 500 companies in six industries in 2012.

“Though increased engagement has been linked to increases in brand loyalty, purchase expenditures, and profitability, companies should carefully consider whether Facebook business pages are an appropriate venue to interact with customers,” Yang added. (IANS)