News

Facebook Removed Hundreds Of IRA Account In The Wake Of Data Theft

Finally, Facebook tightens the screws on fake accounts of “Russian troll factory” running on its social media platforms.

Facebook remove Russian accounts

The revelation brought by Cambridge Analytica scandal rocked the masses and governments all around the globe and its effect was quite visible in the 2016 U.S. election campaign. Facebook had to face heavy fire for its lacking in dealing with data theft of its users, as personal data of over 50 million Facebook users ended up in the wrong hands of IRA (Internet Research Agency).

The agency known as IRA was among three firms and 13 Russians indicted by Robert Mueller (Former FBI chief) on charges they conspired to tamper in the presidential campaign and support Donald Trump.

In order to regain the trust of people, Facebook comes down heavily on accounts dealing with Russian trolls which tried to influence and mislead the public with its susceptible posts. Facebook even came out with stats about the account deletions and samples of the content these accounts shared. In total, 70 Facebook accounts, 138 Facebook Pages, and 65 Instagram accounts were deleted by the social media giant.

facebook russian trolls

Last September, Facebook disclosed the involvement of Russians to meddle in the U.S. politics by posting on the social network under various names in the months surrounding the 2016 elections.

About 95 percent accounts were related to Russian government-connected troll farm and election interference squad, IRA and operated in neighboring countries like Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. In all, 1.08 million users were connected with the deleted pages and 493,000 users took after no less than one of the Instagram accounts. These accounts had spent a joined $167,000 on advertisements since the beginning of 2015.

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg went on to authenticate his claim of data security by employing double of its security and content review staff of Facebook’s workforce from 10,000 to 20,000 this year, with 15,000 now already on the floor to tackle this menace.

Facebook remove accounts

“We’re going to execute and operate under our principles,” Zuckerberg said. “We don’t allow people to have fake accounts, and if you repeatedly try to set up fake accounts to manipulate things, then our policy is to ban all of your accounts.”

Around April 10, Mark Zuckerberg will be testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Internet privacy and the need for regulation due to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. #DeleteFacebook trend has already taken a heavy toll on the company’s business, as Facebook has lost about $100 billion in market cap.

Tanya <span>Editor In Chief</span>
Written By
Tanya Editor In Chief

She is a content marketer and has more than five years of experience in IoT, blockchain, Web, and mobile development. In all these years, she closely followed the app development, and now she writes about the existing and the upcoming mobile app technologies. Her essence is more like a ballet dancer.

Want To Hire The Best Service Provider?
MobileAppDaily will help you explore the best service providers depending on your vision, budget, project requirements and industry. Get in touch and create a list of best-suited companies for your needs.
News

Android Robocop AI 'A New Weapon by Google to Destroy Malware'

4 min read  

Google has got a huge success in its long quest to develop a machine learning for trapping and destroying malware.Adrian Ludwig, head of Android Security mentioned while speaking at the Structure Security Conference in San Francisco that the structures have been trained by ads goliaths consuming

News

Google Launches an App for People With Limited Mobility

2 min read  

Google introduced a new app to help users with mobility issues while accessing their smartphones. The company named the app, ‘Voice- access’ that enables the users to navigate through mobile and apps, write and edit text via voice commands.The app will take over your phone and allow

News

Netflix Decides Not To Pay ‘Apple Tax’ Anymore

2 min read  

Netflix iOS app has currently ditched the ability for new users to use iTunes billing as a payment method across all global markets. The change occurs four months after Netflix was seen testing a bypass of iTunes billing across many markets worldwide.The current subscribers who use iTunes billin

News

Google Fi: Everything You Want to Know

4 min read  

Google is never short of ideas and most of the time; the tech giant is smart enough to surprise us. It’s tech gadgets like Home Hub, and Pixel Slate Chrome OS Tablet are all signature of perfection. Taking a look at the first three quarters of this year, Google did introduce a couple of tech g

MAD Originals
MAD Originals

Cut to the chase content that’s credible, insightful & actionable.

Get the latest mashup of the App Industry Exclusively Inboxed

  • PRODUCTS
  • SERVICES
  • BOTH
Join our expansive network, build connections and expand your brand presence.