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    Facebook claims to have deleted 5.4 billion fake accounts since the beginning of the year

    Facebook claims to have deleted 5.4 billion fake accounts since the beginning of the year

    The social media giant had removed "only" 2.1 billion fake accounts last year at the same time.


    5.4 billion. It is the number of fake user accounts that Facebook has claimed on Wednesday, having removed since the beginning of the year (against 2.1 billion last year at the same time). In its bi-annual report on transparency, the social networking giant says it has "improved its ability to detect and block" account creation "false or abusive" to the point of preventing millions of attempts every day. From January to March, Facebook claims to have deleted 2.2 billion accounts, a record.

    After manipulation operations in the US elections of 2016, mainly orchestrated from Russia, Facebook and other social platforms have reacted with an arsenal of measures gradually deployed since 2018 to fight against false accounts and misinformation, both in content shared by users only in advertisements.

    Transparency efforts

    The mainstream network is also stepping up efforts, including transparency, to restore trust with its users, particularly to governments seeking to exercise greater control over its applications and data.

    This report indicates that the US authorities have made more than 50,000 queries to obtain data from Facebook users from January to June 2019, a figure that is up 23% over the previous semester. In the majority of cases, these are legal requests, based on court decisions, but they can also be "emergencies".

    In the first half of the year, government requests grew by 16% to more than 128,000 in all, with India and the United Kingdom in second and third place, followed by Germany and France.

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