To preempt any issues with the upcoming elections in Brazil, Facebook has taken down a network of fake accounts and Pages spreading misinformation.
Facebook seems to be getting a lot better at identifying and removing content and accounts that violate its authenticity policies. In a blog post last week, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s Head of Cybersecurity Policy announced that the company had identified 196 Pages and 87 accounts in Brazil that seemed to be “part of a coordinated network that hid behind fake Facebook accounts and misled people to sow division and spread misinformation.”
Gleicher also explained that the accounts and Pages that it took down “were in direct violation of [its] policies.”
Facebook now has around 15,000 people working on its security and content review across the globe, who work hard in conjunction with its technology to keep bad content off its services. With 2.5 billion people around the world using some part of Facebook’s app ecosystem, it’s a great responsibility to do so.
Facebook says it will expand its teams to more than 20,000 people by the end of the year.