Friday, April 28, 2017

Facebook Combats Coordinated Campaigns to Misinform the Public - Bloomberg

Facebook Combats Coordinated Campaigns to Misinform the Public - Bloomberg: Fraudsters spreading falsehood on social media are getting more sophisticated. Facebook Inc. says it's rising to the challenge.

The owner of the world's most used social network is taking aim at organizations that launch coordinated campaigns to sway political opinion and spread lies by way of fake accounts.

As Facebook's network grows and becomes a forum for political debate, some organizations have been taking advantage maliciously, including during the elections in the U.S. and France, the company said in a white paper posted Thursday by its top security executives. Facebook says it has a responsibility to act when users are being manipulated, through a new category of attack it calls ``information operations.''

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