The staggering figure of more than three billion fake accounts blocked by Facebook over a six-month period highlights the challenges faced by social networks in curbing automated accounts, or bots, and other nefarious efforts to manipulate the platforms. Here are four key questions on fake accounts: How did so many fake accounts crop up? Facebook said this week it "disabled" 1.2 billion fake accounts in the last three months of 2018 and 2.19 billion in the first quarter of 2019. Most fake social media accounts are "bots," created by automated programs to post certain kinds of information -- a violation of Facebook's terms of service and part of an effort to manipulate social conversations. Sophisticated actors can create millions of accounts using the same program. Facebook said its artificial intelligence detects most of these efforts and disables the accounts before they can post on the platform. Still, it acknowledges that around five percent of the more than two billion … [Read more...] about Fake Facebook accounts: the never-ending battle against bots
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Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former longtime personal lawyer, paid a small tech firm to run a fake Twitter account called @WomenForCohen, which was intended to make him look like a “sex symbol” and a “pit bull.” When asked about the account Wednesday, Cohen told members of Congress that it was not created to protect Trump. Instead, he said, the account was created as a means to have “fun during a stressful time.” “When you created the fake Twitter account @WomenforCohen and paid a firm to post tweets like this one, ‘In a world of lies, deception, and fraud appreciate this honest guy @MichaelCohen. #TGIF #handsome #sexy.’ Was that done to protect the president?” Rep. Jim Jordan asked. Cohen insisted he did not pay RedFinch Solutions LLC to specifically tweet that, only to run the account. In January, The Wall Street Journal reported that Cohen paid the firm to create the account in May 2016 in support of him. Cohen later … [Read more...] about Michael Cohen addresses the fake Twitter account called @WomenForCohen that described him as a ‘sex symbol’: ‘We were having fun during a stressful time’
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Feb. 27, 2019, 5:05 PM GMT By Joe Enoch On Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission announced a groundbreaking lawsuit against a company it accuses of paying for fake Amazon reviews. But the FTC may have a lot more work to do if it wants to end the scourge of fake online reviews. An NBC News investigation found thousands of questionable reviews on Amazon, Yelp, Facebook and Google — and showed that it was possible to purchase hundreds of positive reviews within days for a new company that had never done any work. On Google and Facebook, the profile photos of reviewers helped expose many questionable reviews. The profiles used the likenesses of such actors and actresses Terry Crews, Megan Fox, Omari Hardwick and Abigail Breslin. Those celebrities all confirmed to NBC News that they did not write the reviews in question. Jason Brown runs … [Read more...] about Can you trust online reviews? Here’s how to find the fakes
Antonia Noori Farzan, The Washington Post Published 4:53 am PST, Thursday, January 31, 2019 The University of Farmington, a Michigan-based school, was actually a fake school aimed at ensnaring foreign nationals who had initially come to the United States on student visas and set up by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Its website has been taken down and replaced with the above message. less The University of Farmington, a Michigan-based school, was actually a fake school aimed at ensnaring foreign nationals who had initially come to the United States on student visas and set up by U.S. Immigration ... more Photo: Screengrab, Universityoffarmington.edu Photo: Screengrab, Universityoffarmington.edu Image 1 of / 27 Caption Close Image 1 of 27 The University of … [Read more...] about ICE set up a fake university. Hundreds enrolled, not realizing it was a sting operation.
Controversial 11-year-old Instagram celebrity Lil Tay, whose real name is Claire Hope, racked up 2.5 million followers before she disappeared from the internet last June. Her parents, who are estranged, are battling behind the scenes to control her future. Claire’s father, Christopher Hope, has been the subject of relentless online harassment. The main @LilTay account, as well as a secondary @freeliltay__ account, posted lurid and unsubstantiated allegations about him, along with his personal contact information. Christopher Hope told INSIDER he’s received thousands of phone calls and messages from aggrieved Lil Tay supporters. Fans have sent him threats and told him to leave his daughter alone. Angela Tian, Claire’s mother, told INSIDER she believes a hacker gained control of the @LilTay account earlier this year. Even though she’s been approached by brands and record labels, Claire’s career continues to be on hold as her parents disagree over … [Read more...] about Lil Tay’s Instagram account is being used to wage a harassment campaign against her father while a battle over her future continues