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Facebook removed 1.3 billion accounts in three months

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Facebook posted a blog post in which the company announced that 1.3 billion accounts were removed from the social network of the same name between October and December 2020.

There are fake accounts on various platforms, but Facebook is more likely to see them than other social networks. The main purpose of creating fake accounts is to trick other users. Fake accounts are also created to spread misinformation.

The company said more than 35,000 people are working around the clock to eliminate misinformation on its platform. Against this backdrop, Facebook removed more than 12 million posts about COVID-19 and vaccines that global health experts have labeled as misinformation.

In the past year, a lot of false information has surfaced, conspiracy theories about coronavirus vaccines and so on. Facebook said the decision to weed out such misinformation was very helpful so that people can get the right information about preventing the spread of the virus, as well as getting vaccinated.

The Facebook disclosure of the disinformation data came after a scheduled review by the US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. The committee is looking into how technology platforms, including Facebook, are fighting disinformation.

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