Facebook has taken action against 30,000 fake accounts in France in a bid to promote public awareness campaign aimed at educating people about how to spot fake news.
The company said it is trying to “reduce the spread of material generated through inauthentic activity, including spam, misinformation, or other deceptive content that is often shared by creators of fake accounts.”
According to the social media platform, People come go online to make meaningful connections. From the beginning, they believed that can only be possible if the interactions here are authentic – and if people use the names they’re known by. However, the company records that they found that when people represent themselves on Facebook the same way they do in real life, they act responsibly.
Fake accounts don’t follow this pattern, and are closely related to the creation and spread of spam. That’s why Facebook is so focused on keeping these inauthentic accounts and their activity off our platform.
This effort complements other initiatives the company have previously announced that are designed to reduce the distribution of misinformation, spam or false news on Facebook. They have found that a lot of false news is financially motivated, and as part of our work to promote an informed society, they have hence focused on making it very difficult for dishonest people to exploit our platform or profit financially from false news sites using Facebook.