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An oil and gas industry consultant reportedly created a fake persona of ‘an imaginary, middle-aged Texas woman with a dog’ to monitor environmental activists online

A consulting firm hired by the oil and gas industry created a fake persona of “an imaginary, middle-aged Texas woman with a dog” to monitor environmental activists online, according to a report from The New York Times. The fictitious Facebook profile of “Susan McDonald” was created to monitor potential protests […]
An oil and gas industry consultant reportedly created a fake persona of ‘an imaginary, middle-aged Texas woman with a dog’ to monitor environmental activists online
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Facebook sues Chinese companies over fake news

Facebook announced Friday that the company, along with Instagram, have filed a federal lawsuit over the sale of fake accounts, likes, and followers. Facebook is suing four companies and three people based in China who have sold and promoted fake accounts, likes, and followers on Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, Apple, Google, […]
Facebook sues Chinese companies over fake news
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Instagram will soon start cracking down on accounts that use third-party apps to dole out fake likes and followers

Instagram is cracking down on accounts that use third-party apps to dole out fake likes and follows, the company announced Monday. Using machine learning tools, the photo-sharing platform will remove “inauthentic” likes, which are generated by third-party platforms designed to boost audience growth for users. Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, has […]
Instagram will soon start cracking down on accounts that use third-party apps to dole out fake likes and followers