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Facebook bans 1.3 billion accounts while trying to combat fake news about COVID-19

Facebook banned more than 1.3 billion fake accounts between October and December 2020. The move is part of the company’s efforts to combat online misinformation. In addition to preventing the creation and deactivation of profiles in order to propagate fake news, the social network released the results of other measures taken to prevent the spread of false information, in particular about the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a post made on the company’s official blog, Facebook says that combating misinformation requires facing several challenges: fake accounts, deceptive behavior and deceptive and harmful content.

Regarding fake profiles, the social network claims to have blocked millions of them every day – most still at the time of creation, with the help of artificial intelligence.

Facebook understands that, in addition to fake accounts, fake news can also be propagated by real people, even if that is not your intention. For these cases, the company has a network of independent fact checkers, who review content in more than 60 languages.

Generally, when a publication is classified as fake by these professionals, the social network limits its reach and adds a more information label to the post. However, according to Facebook, 95% of the time, people do not click to view this warning screen.

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