Facebook to Crack Down on Fake 'Likes'

The social media giant Facebook says it is taking steps to crack down fake "likes" to pages from bogus accounts.

The social media giant Facebook is taking steps to delete false likes that are posted to company Facebook pages, often by users who don't exist or don't have knowledge of the particular business, in an effort to fix an issue that could devalue a major part of Facebook's advertising model. In a blog post on Friday, Aug. 31, the company said it does not and has never permitted the purchase or sale of Facebook Likes, as they only want people connecting to the pages and brands with whom they have chosen to connect.

They newly improved automated efforts are designed to remove those likes gained by malware, compromised accounts, deceived users, or purchased bulk likes. The improved systems have been specifically configured to identify and take action against suspicious likes, the company explained, noting they have always had dedicated protections against each of these threats on Facebook.

"A like that doesn't come from someone truly interested in connecting with a page benefits no one. Real identity, for both users and brands on Facebook, is important to not only Facebook's mission of helping the world share, but also the need for people and customers to authentically connect to the pages they care about," the blog post states. "When a page and fan connect on Facebook, we want to ensure that connection involves a real person interested in hearing from a specific page and engaging with that brand's content. As such, we have recently increased our automated efforts to remove likes on pages that may have been gained by means that violate our Facebook terms."

In a filing earlier this year with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the social networking giant Facebook admitted that 8.7 percent of its 955 million members worldwide could in fact be in violation of its policies, with duplicate accounts, accounts that users maintain in addition to their principal accounts, make up 4.8 percent of that figure. In addition, the filing reveals user-misclassified accounts may have represented approximately 2.4 percent of Facebook s worldwide users, and undesirable accounts may have represented approximately 1.5 percent of their worldwide users.

This article was originally published on 09-04-2012
eWeek eWeek

Have the latest technology news and resources emailed to you everyday.

Click for a full list of Newsletterssubmit