Probe Facebook spammers: USA Today to FBI

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Latest News – The parent company of the USA Today daily has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to probe the increase of spammers on its official page Facebook page that accounts for half of the newspaper’s followers on the social media giant.

According to a report in USA Today on Friday, Facebook removed millions of fake accounts from the newspaper’s page last month, but millions of its remaining followers also were fake.

The daily’s owner, Gannett Company, contacted the FBI earlier this week after the spammers continued to flood the social media page unabated.

“Gannett has taken steps to prevent its Facebook pages from attracting more fake followers, including blocking new followers from Bangladesh — one of the countries the company thinks is the source of a significant proportion of the spam accounts,” Maribel Wadsworth, the publisher’s Chief Transformation Officer, said.

The newspaper claimed to accumulate a thousand phony followers a day who post spam comments and attempt to look legitimate.

According to Facebook, it has detected additional suspicious(Read More)


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