Facebook Cracks Down
October 18, 2018
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 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 the site. They gained access to the data of nearly 29 million Facebook users.
What exactly happened? In 2014, a political data company based in the United Kingdom gained access to personal information about Facebook users. The company, Cambridge Analytica, used that information to get to know many American voters. Its purpose was to…