Facebook shuts down ‘spammy’ politics pagesBBC Technology / BBC - 10 months ago
  • Facebook has removed more than 800 pages and accounts that sought to profit from politically themed spam.
  • In a blog, Facebook said the 559 pages and 251 accounts abused the network to try to make people visit sites that make money from adverts.Scammers no longer sent messages about disasters or celebrities, it said, but used politics to generate traffic.The action has drawn criticism from some accounts that said they were legitimate activists.Big audienceFacebook said it had removed networks of pages created by fake accounts.
  • The posts by the political sites were spam to drive clicks to ad-funded sites, said Facebook
  • Instead of analysing content, Facebook looked at the behaviour of the pages to see which ones used fake accounts and posted spam.