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Facebook removes  fake accounts attempting to sway politics in several Central American nations

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Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2021. 7:28 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma: Social media giant, Facebook has informed that it removed 1,000 fake accounts seeking to sway politics around the world including Central American nations, El Salvador and Mexico.

The networks were in the early stages of building their audience, Bloomberg reports.

Facebook says that the removal is part of its monthly efforts to get rid of fake accounts.

The social media influence campaigns use machine learning technologies to create realistic profile photos to mislead the public.

In addition, several Facebook and Instagram accounts based in Iran, Spain and El Salvador were removed for violating the company’s foreign interference policy.

But, fake accounts were also taken down in Argentina, Mexico, Egypt and other countries.

The company’s head of security policy, Nathaniel Gleicher said Facebook has improved its ability to identify inauthentic accounts, but said bad actors continue to change their strategies to avoid Facebook’s detection.

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