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Meta Publishes New Overview Highlighting Measures Taken To Combat Manipulation On Apps

Meta has opted to go public with a new overview that highlights the company’s efforts to combat measures linked to manipulation against its apps.

The news comes as the company explained how this task became one of its major focus points after the elections in the US in 2016. During this period, it witnessed the likes of various operatives hailing from Russia and making use of Facebook to influence voters’ decisions.

Ever since then, the company explained how it has been working round the clock to detect and even delete nearly 200 manipulative operations. At the same time, it’s sharing details on every network’s behavior with so many others in the industry as it outlines it as a task that needs more awareness.

Meta hopes others in the tech world can learn from such data and even develop great approaches to work against such behavior. As explained by the firm, this is pivotal to share as the details allow teams, officials from the government, reporters, and mo+re to gain more understanding while putting security risks in the spotlight.

You might be shocked to learn how Meta’s data showed that nearly 100 different nations were affected by this. And it’s the US that got targeted the most. This was closely followed up by the likes of Ukraine and then the United Kingdom.

This most likely points fingers at the massive influence that countries like the US have regarding global policies. It also delineates how such nations and regions have the greatest popularity in terms of social media users.

As far as where such groups come from, well, demographic evidence pointed fingers at Mexico, Iran, and Russia where the activity proved to be at an all-time high. In the same way, Meta explained that with time, such operations ended up putting the attacker's own nation at risk as compared to foreign ones.

There’s evidence showcasing how so many government-based agencies attacked their own people and hence domestic audiences were involved.

Meta also stressed how there has been an alarming surge in networking using images from profiles that were created through the likes of AI such as GAN, which can be utilized with ease after taking access from the online web.

It further added how this was a modern tactic that threat actors used to make their accounts look as authentic as possible. And with the popularity of AI-based technology on the rise, the reports deserve some attention. So many modern forms of technology are getting used to allowing inauthentic activity through such platforms.

Similarly, the report also went into detail about giving valuable insights regarding how the matter is a serious concern and how the firm is working hard to combat the growing threats with every passing day.

Scammers are nothing new for Meta but working at this level is definitely a significant concern for obvious reasons. These online threats don’t plan on stopping and that’s why Meta is making the way for increased scrutiny and regulation and is hoping other industry partners can join in on the effort.


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