As Facebook continues to take action to stop spreading false information on the platform, ahead of the general election in Brazil, the social networking giant has shut down nearly 200 fake pages and associated accounts to spread false information in the country.
Writing about the recent shutdown, Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy at Facebook, said in a blog post that the company has shut down the pages on the grounds of violating Facebook’s policy for authenticity.
Although the company hasn’t mentioned any name of the fake accounts, Reuters has reported that Movimento Brazil Livre (MBL) or the “Free Brazil Movement” is behind the network. Gleicher also revealed that Facebook at the moment uses community reports, machine learning as well as AI to detect suspicious behavior. At the moment, the social network employs about 15,000 people to monitor contents on the platform. Earlier last year, Facebook closed 470 fake accounts and pages based in Russia in an attempt to prevent abuse of the platform.