As part of their ongoing effort to reduce the spread of misinformation and fake news across their network, Facebook has released a new paper which outlines how their investigations show government-backed groups have been using The Social Network to manipulate public opinion - and what Facebook’s now doing to stop it.
The report looks at what they call ‘information operations’, which, is a more complex mis-use of their system.
“In brief, we have had to expand our security focus from traditional abusive behavior, such as account hacking, malware, spam and financial scams, to include more subtle and insidious forms of misuse, including attempts to manipulate civic discourse and deceive people.”
These efforts include a range of processes, including:
The creation of false accounts pretending to be people you know in order to facilitate the spread of information through more networks
Co-ordinated Liking of certain posts to boost specific messages