Facebook took down 1.3B fake accounts in Oct-Dec

MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA (CNA) – Facebook said yesterday it took down 1.3 billion fake accounts between October and December and that it had more than 35,000 people working on tackling misinformation on its platform.

The company also removed more than 12 million pieces of content about COVID-19 and vaccines that global health experts flagged as misinformation, it said in a blog.

False claims and conspiracies about the coronavirus vaccines have proliferated on social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter during the pandemic.

Facebook’s disclosure of data on misinformation comes ahead of an inspection by the United States (US) House Committee on Energy and Commerce into how technology platforms including Facebook are tackling misinformation.