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Facebook Cracks Down

ACTION PLAN Mark Zuckerberg addresses security issues, in May. JOSH EDELSON—AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Facebook said this month that it has removed more than 800 accounts and pages that spread misinformation. In a statement, the social-media company said these accounts and pages use “sensational political content” to drive traffic to their websites. It added that the goal of such activity is mostly to make money.

Facebook has been under tough scrutiny scrutiny NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GETTY IMAGES careful examination (noun) The president of the United States works under intense scrutiny. lately. In April, founder Mark Zuckerberg spoke before Congress about efforts by foreign groups to use the site to gather information about U.S. voters. He also answered questions about Russian use of the social-media platform to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The news comes just two weeks after hackers breached breach DENNIS HALLINAN—GETTY IMAGES to break into something (verb) Hackers breached the bank's security system. the site. They gained access to the data of nearly 29 million Facebook users.

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