Facebook Broadcasts Their Victory Over A Spam Operation After Six Months Of Struggle
Facebook proudly made an announcement last week that it has — it thinks — put an end to the nefarious doings of a “sophisticated,” “coordinated operation” that has been spamming their website for the past six months.
In a blog post, Facebook’s security team suggested the “inauthentic likes” came from accounts mainly present in “Bangladesh, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and a number of other countries.” That narrows it down! Actually, it sounds pretty smart: The accounts would appear, like a few pages, spam them, then fall silent. Proxies and other means were taken to make it seem that these fake accounts weren’t centrally administrated — which, in fact, they were.
If we consider volume, the post scrupulously avoids actual numbers:
“As we have removed the rest of the inauthentic likes, we expect that 99% of impacted Pages with greater than 10,000 likes will see a drop of less than 3%.”
If you can figure out what that means, please let us know with your comments below. But what about the fake likes and accounts that were removed before? What were the number of pages affected? Did pages with fewer likes get affected less, or more? Are there other networks, at present, being fought in related methods, and, if that is the case, what sort of drops should we expect when those get rolled out?
Undoubtedly, this is excellent news for everyone, but one can’t help but get the same feeling from Facebook, as you’d get from Twitter when it comes to dancing around the actual numbers of bots and spammers on their network. The numbers are more than likely to be on the higher side, however even while within reasonable limits, no user or investor would like to hear that there are 10, 20 or 100 million fake accounts or likes.
The dismantlement of this specific network comes hot on the heels of an announcement by the company last week that it was stepping up its efforts to curb spam and fake news on its network.
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