Earlier in June, Facebook announced that the social networking giant has crossed 2 billion active global users. Understandably, the social network has become a platform for promoting fake news as well as different propagandas. However, Facebook has been trying hard to solve the problem by using several methods and most recently, the social network banned 470 fake Russian accounts along with pages which were trying to influence politics. And now, researchers from University of Iowa have revealed there are more fake accounts than previously assumed and they might have contributed towards more than 100 million fake likes over the social network.
According to the researchers, the fake accounts are part of an ecosystem which uses fake accounts to spread fake likes for pages and posts. Interestingly, more than 50 of several websites offer the services for free as they ask to access all of your account details to use auto like features from the affected users account. Researchers at the time found out that these networks and websites were responsible for more than 100 million fake likes in the previous years.
In addition to this, the spammers recently found a loophole in Facebook’s website that allowed the affected accounts. While Facebook earlier claimed that the issue has been fixed since then, researchers found that spammers are still using the service to create fake likes for posts and pages. Talking about the findings, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Iowa, Zubair Shafiq said, “Users think it’s relatively benign, but actually they’re handing over full control of their Facebook account. They [the spammers] can also access all the information that’s available on your profile, see your posts, get your friends list, even read your private messages. We can’t tell if this information is being collected and sold to others.”
If you don’t know if your account has been part of such networks, then you should head to Facebook’s App settings to disable any suspicious application that has access to your data. You can find the option to remove the application by going to Apps from Settings from account settings on the network.
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