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Inside Facebook (Apr 14th, 2017)

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Facebook is cracking down on fake accounts and fake likes. The company announced on Friday that it has eliminated a spam operation that generated thousands of fake likes on publisher’s pages. The fake likes emerged from fraudulent accounts that would "like" popular pages. Facebook said the impact could be that 99 percent of impacted Pages with more than 10,000 likes would see a drop of 3 percent of their likes. The fake accounts were used to spread fake news, embed malware and falsely boost page rankings. – THE VERGE

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Facebook is gaining traction as a competitor to Craigslist in the used car market, according to Car & Driver. The social-media giant launched Marketplace in October and it has quickly emerged as a serious potential rival to Craigslist. Unlike Craigslist, which provides anonymity during online interactions, Facebook allows buyers and sellers find out more about each other before any in-person meeting. Buying and selling a car through Facebook allows people who are part of the transaction to view each other's profile and decide whether they want to do business with the other party. Facebook also lists new car sales by their geographic proximity, unlike Craigslist, where the newest ad pops up first, regardless of location. – CAR & DRIVER

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Facebook has paid for full-page advertisements in major newspapers in France to ward off any potential fake news scandal leading up to the nation's election in nine days. The ad offers 10 tips to spot fake news on the internet. Facebook has acknowledged that the social networking company allowed the spread of fake news in the weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential elections and that it should do more stop it. (For example, some articles suggested that Hillary Clinton sold weapons to ISIS). Facebook recently announced partnerships with fact-checkers in the U.S., such as Snopes and PolitiFact, and has struck similar deals with news organizations, like Agence France Presse and Correctiv .– TECH CRUNCH

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Not in My Marine Corps co-founder Erin Kirk-Cuomo called on Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg to help fight the spread of nonconsensual photo sharing and gendered harassment of Marines. She sent a letter directly to Sandberg. "We applaud the updates in facial recognition software in an effort to end the sharing of revenge pornography announced by Facebook last week," Cuomo wrote. "However, Facebook has been negligent in removing pages, groups, and users, that actively promote nonconsensual intimate photo sharing and incite sexual violence and harassment." Facebook was blamed for the Marines United scandal, which exposed an online community where users shared intimate photos of service women without their consent. – TECH CRUNCH

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A North Carolina lawmaker is facing criticism after he used Facebook to compare President Abraham Lincoln to Adolf Hitler. Cabarrus County Republican Rep. Larry Pittman posted the comment in response to a backlash over legislation he and two others sponsored to restore a state ban on same-sex marriage. In response to the comment, “the Civil War is over. The Fed won. Get over it," Pittman wrote: “And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it? Lincoln was the same sort of tyrant.” Pittman also wrote on his page that Lincoln was “personally responsible for the deaths of 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional.” Democratic Party leaders in the state called on Republican leaders to condemn Pittman’s comments. – CBS NEWS

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A 13-year-old Georgia boy accidentally shot and killed himself on Facebook's Instagram. Malachi Hemphill appeared on Instagram Live handling a gun and when someone asked why he didn’t have a clip in the gun and told him to put one in. Apparently, as he put the clip in the gun, the weapon fired. His mother Shaniqua Stephens was home at the time, heard "a big boom" and ran upstairs. "I just knew that it was something that was wrong. We kicked in the door. We found him just laying there in a pool of blood." Hemphill's phone was still on. "My daughter screamed and said, ‘Mom turn his phone off!" she said. "As I proceeded to look at his phone he was on Instagram Live.” – USA TODAY

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