Facebook cleared out 65 Facebook accounts and 35 Instagram accounts linked ith the conservative-leaning Partido Popular Party. The account holders attempted to hide their identities, but much of their activity was ” focused on amplifying others’ content, some of the account owners also posted about local and national political news and issues including topics like elections, the Partido Popular Party and criticism of its political opponents.” So, not a very good mask.

The firm has become very sensitive to political parties using its platform for propaganda ever since it took heat for Brexit and the Trump presidency, and has instituted new rules on transparency and clarity for political agents.

Facebook is also aware of the tendencies of some factions to accuse them of bias, leading them to clarify that it was the behaviour of the parties involved — rather than what they said– that led to their banning.

“We’re constantly working to detect and stop this type of activity because we don’t want our services to be used to manipulate people. We’re taking down these Pages, Groups and accounts based on their behaviour, not the content they posted,” Facebook’s Head of Cybersecurity Policy, Nathaniel Gleicher explained. “As with all of these takedowns, the people behind this activity coordinated with one another and used fake accounts to misrepresent themselves, and that was the basis for our action.”

In other news, Facebook continued its audit of third-party apps after the Cambridge Analytica scenario, taking down tens of thousands of apps in a purge.

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