Facebook cracks down on bogus 'likes' and zombie accounts in battle against fake news

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News isn’t the only thing that’s sometimes fake on Facebook.

The social network said Friday it has shut down a massive spam operation that generated thousands of “inauthentic likes” on publisher pages.

The announcement comes days after the company claimed to have deleted 30,000 fraudulent accounts in France ahead of the country’s presidential election.

The scam targeted in the more recent crackdown operated at a more sophisticated level than the French network, according to Facebook’s security team. 

The fraudsters used various technical tricks to mimic human behavior, like running traffic through proxies to create the impression that the accounts were spread across Asia and the Middle East instead of a centralized data center. Read more…

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