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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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Social Networking Giant Facebook Sharing Users’ Data with Telecom Firms, Phone Makers

The database contained 49 million records of several high-profile influencers, including prominent food bloggers, celebrities and other social media influencers

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This photograph taken on May 16, 2018, shows a figurine standing in front of the logo of social network Facebook on a cracked screen of a smartphone in Paris. VOA

A confidential Facebook document reviewed by The Intercept has revealed that the social networking giant is offering private data of its users without their knowledge or consent to 100 different telecom companies and phone makers in 50 countries.

Confidential documents seen by the website showed late Monday that Facebook is helping operators and phone makers “create targeted advertising by supplying them with surveillance data slurped directly from users’ smartphones”.

Not only that, the social networking giant is also collecting data from its main iOS and Android apps, Messenger and Instagram apps — even snooping into the phones of children as young as 13.

Through a tool called “Actionable Insights”, Facebook is allegedly collecting data including technical details about smartphones, cellular and Wi-Fi networks used by Facebook users, locations visited social groups and interests.

Facebook reacted in a statement late Monday: “We do not, nor have we ever, rated people’s credit worthiness for Actionable Insights or across ads, and Facebook does not use people’s credit information in how we show ads”.

According to the report, “the data has been used by Facebook partners to assess their standing against competitors, including customers lost to and won from them, but also for more controversial uses like racially targeted ads”.

Facebook launched “Actionable Insights” tool last year “to address the issue of weak cellular data connections in various parts of the world.”

“The confidential Facebook document shows how the programme, ostensibly created to help improve underserved cellular customers, is pulling in far more data than how many bars you’re getting,” said the report.

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Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris, France, May 24, 2018. VOA

“The Facebook mobile app harvests and packages eight different categories of information for use by over 100 different telecom companies in over 50 different countries around the world, including usage data from the phones of children as young as 13,” the report claimed.

These categories include use of video, demographics, location, use of Wi-Fi and cellular networks, personal interests, device information, and friend homophily, an academic term of art.

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From these categories, a third party vendor could learn an extraordinary amount about patterns of users’ daily life.

The news came after Facebook’s photo-sharing service Instagram saw itself in trouble as personal data of millions of celebrities and influencers were allegedly exposed on its platform in a massive database that was traced to Mumbai-based social media marketing firm Chtrbox.

The database contained 49 million records of several high-profile influencers, including prominent food bloggers, celebrities and other social media influencers, TechCrunch reported. (IANS)