For past few years the social media platform known as Facebook has been targeted due to different cases. One of the case was the pages and accounts being created and used by the Russians to spread false information related to certain content around the communities. This is the reason the social media platform took an action and removed about 500 pages and accounts being Russian Oriented groups which were going against the policies of the social media platform. Many of these pages and accounts were being controlled by a news agency based in Moscow, Russia.
There was another case which got popular in 2016 when elections were going on in United States of America. It was about the Russia hacker group which used their influence to tap in the elections. This group is different with the news agency groups. Many Instagram accounts has also been banned by Facebook due to these cases of Russian groups being involved in spreading propaganda in this social media platform.
The topics being used in these Facebook pages and accounts were related to weather, protests, NATO, economics and politicians involved in some specific countries. The cased also showed that these groups related to the news agency have been successful in creating 190 events and also spent about $160,000 in between the 2013 and 2019. There was also another group banned by the social media platform. This group was Philippine based and had almost 43 million followers. This group was also responsible for spreading their political related content.
The social media platform is working on the system by reducing abuse happening in the platform. Facebook told that they have to work harder to stay ahead from the users in terms of technology, law enforcement process and the overall working of the system. Then the platform would be able to reduce the problems in the social media platform. Privacy issue is major concern in Facebook so the platform is also in the process of making the platform to be more secure.
The system has to work on the recognized sources so that news which is being spread is at least through reliable sources. This is why users have been suspicious about the news being displayed in this social media platforms. Users can also help the platform to ban the accounts which are misinforming people by sharing the source’s credibility in the online world.
There are new tools added in the social media platform which will help the users to identify the origins of the Facebook pages and groups and checking the sources can also be done through some of the tools. Facts checking can also be done in the social media platform. This will help to reduce the fake pages and accounts from the social media platforms. Sharing of information will get more credible due to these tools. By adding more tools and improvements Facebook will get on top of the social media platforms when it comes to security and privacy.