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Is Facebook starting to crack down on Social Hacking?

Last night was a great night in the Wandsworth DigiTech Community. We held our monthly meet up in Balham. This month we focused on IP and IP Protection. Firstly, great to see you all there! ?Thanks so much to everyone for sharing their IP commends and experience. We learned a lot. A special thank you to Stephen Fry of Hounslow Chamber for frightening us on what 3D printing can do but also for sharing his great IP knowledge.


The discussion got around to ownership of content on the internet and how people were using Social Hacking to gain market share. We liked the idea of using the tools of social media to beat them at their own game. Very clever.

Today while perusing the news, we saw that Facebook has noticed this trend and has taken action to stop this seemly “Black Hat” activity to a degree by closing what they deem to be duplicate or fake accounts. They currently seem to be targeting accounts posting content about the upcoming UK general election.

When questioned Facebook said. These changes help us detect fake accounts on our service more effectively — including ones that are hard to spot. We’ve made improvements to recognize these inauthentic accounts more easily by identifying patterns of activity — without assessing the content itself. For example, our systems may detect repeated posting of the same content, or an increase in messages sent. With these changes, we expect we will also reduce the spread of material generated through inauthentic activity, including spam, misinformation, or other deceptive content that is often shared by creators of fake accounts.”

It seems Facebook wants to not only co-own your content but sensor it too!

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