Facebook said on Wednesday that fraudsters from Albania to Vietnam are posting information about American politics and the upcoming presidential election in order to build a false audience, maximize clicks and make money online.

Facebook said in a new report on the so-called “false behavior” on its platform that the November 3 election has become a common bait to lure into online stores or websites with pay-per-view advertising.

Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, told Reuters: “If you’re an actor who is financially motivated and trying to make money by clicking, then you’ll use anything that catches your attention. Content.”

“Obviously, people are paying a lot of attention to what is happening in the United States before and after the election.”

After fierce criticism of political and business groups’ efforts to manipulate users, Facebook now regularly announces the withdrawal of online influence services, such as three networks linked to Russia, which said last month that the network could be used to disrupt American vote.

Gleicher said Wednesday’s report differs from previous withdrawal statements because it deals with fewer threatening activities, which are usually financially rather than politically motivated, but are often confused with foreign intervention attempts. .

In an interview before the report was , he said that he wanted to distinguish between two activities before the U.S. vote and next month before the Myanmar election. Spread hatred and false information.

Gleicher said: “I want people to be aware of the deceptions that are happening there.” “One of the current challenges is that people often mistakenly mistakenly believe that financially motivated to sell T-shirts are the influence of foreign governments. action.”

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Hotkey problem

Facebook said in its report that there is often an overlap between these two types of activities, both of which deliberately mislead users to use fake accounts and publish information about “hotkey” issues to build audiences.

However, the suspension of the network on Wednesday was mainly a to amplify content for financial gain, such as increasing the of followers by using fake accounts, or by repeatedly posting spam-like content on popular topics.

Facebook detailed four examples of networks that it suspended between May and September this year, and said that these networks were operated by independent groups from countries such as Botswana, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Macedonia and the Philippines.

A network operates from Albania and publishes decoy information about American politics, enticing people into subsequent pages that direct them to clickbait sites that make money through advertising. A page on the was labeled “We need a million to make America great again.”

Facebook said in Myanmar that it suspended 655 pages and 12 group postings in August and September, posting content about celebrity gossip and local news to attract clicks and views.

Facebook said: “Some of these networks and the few posts on their advertising-filled sites focus on Myanmar’s politics, including support for the military and references to ethnic tensions.” “We have not seen these networks motivated by politics. Evidence of motivation.”

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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