Russian Company Banned from Facebook for Building Facial Recognition Tool for Kremlin


More than 60 profiles, pages and accounts were scrubbed from Facebook this week after the social media giant discovered they were being used to build facial recognition software in Russia.

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On Thursday, Facebook axed anything associated with SocialDataHub and Fubutech, a pair of Russian sister companies. Facebook told the companies that their methods’specifically scraping data’violated its terms and conditions. A letter was sent to the companies on Tuesday and a copy was obtained by the New York Times.

‘Facebook has reason to believe your work for the government has included matching photos from individuals’ personal social media accounts in order to identify them,’ the letter reads. Facebook also demanded that SocialDataHub and Fubutech provide a clear log of all the data they had taken.

Quite a lot has been going on:

Americans are now copying Russia and making hundreds of fake Facebook accounts to influence politics

Malicious Facebook users are creating hundreds of fake accounts and pages in attempts to politically influence users, Facebook said in a blog post on Thursday.

The Silicon Valley social networking firm has announced a crackdown on the these, removing 559 pages and 251 accounts “that have consistently broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior.” Facebook did not cite the source of these accounts, but The New York Times reported that they were run by Americans.

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Facebook: Most political trolls are American, not Russian

Facebook has banned hundreds of pages and accounts which it says were fraudulently flooding its site with partisan political content ‘ although they came from the US instead of being associated with Russia.’

The company said it had banned 559 pages and 251 accounts that were mostly controlled by Americans, including independent news websites with millions of followers.’

Facebook’s cybersecurity chief Nathaniel Gleicher said most fake activity on the site now appears to come from domestic hucksters trying to capitalise on political divisions rather than state agents.

The purge is part of Facebook’s ongoing campaign against what it calls “coordinated inauthentic behaviour”, which in this case meants using networks of fake accounts to spread dubious content by artificially inflating its popularity.’

Facebook removes over 800 accounts, pages for political spam

Gleicher said this type of behavior, which started with obvious scams like promotions for fake products, is growing increasingly sophisticated.

Gleicher didn’t detail the accounts Facebook removed.’The New York Times, however, pointed out a page with a large following called, Right Wing News,’as one of the removed pages.

The page frequently spread sensational and misleading headlines to its 3.1 million followers. Unlike pages that have been banned in the past, it was founded by an American, blogger John Hawkins, not Russia or Iran.

Facebook Tackles Rising Threat: Americans Aping Russian Schemes to Deceive

The conservative site, run by the blogger John Hawkins, had created a series of Facebook pages and accounts over the last year under many names, according to Facebook.

After Dr. Blasey testified, Right Wing News posted several false stories about her ‘ including the suggestion that her lawyers were being bribed by Democrats ‘ and then used the network of Facebook pages and accounts to share the pieces so that they proliferated online quickly, social media researchers said.

There’s a crack at the heart of Facebook’s advertising business

The recent focus on security breaches and departed Instagram founders around here has prevented us from asking us more mundane questions, such as: how is Facebook’s advertising business going? Today, two quick items on that front.

The Washington Post found dozens of advertisements mentioning LGBT themes and words that the company blocked for supposedly being political, according to a public database Facebook keeps.

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Many of the groups’ administrators said their experience had given them a sour impression of the company, though most said there were few alternatives for getting their message out to wide groups of people.

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  • Date: 2018-10-04T06:00:01-04:00
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