Facebook Deletes Tens Of Thousands Of Accounts Ahead Of UK General Election

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Ahead of the British general election on June 8, Facebook has deleted tens of thousands of accounts in Britain in its ongoing battle with "fake news" the AP reports. The campaign is part of Facebook’s evolving response to accusations the group was responsible for influencing the US presidential election, through the spread of fake news stories and “filter bubbles”.

“People want to see accurate information on Facebook and so do we. That is why we are doing everything we can to tackle the problem of false news,” said Simon Milner, Facebook’s director of policy for the UK. “To help people spot false news, we are showing tips to everyone . . . on how to identify if something they see is false.”

Simon Milner, the tech firm's U.K. director of policy, says the platform wants to get to the "root of the problem" and is working with outside organizations to fact check and analyze content around the election. Milner added that Facebook is "doing everything we can to tackle the problem of false news."

Additionally, on Monday, the social announced a national print advertising campaign in the UK to "educate the British public" about fake news, as part of a concerted global effort to crack down on the false information epidemic it has seen on its platform. The ads suggest that readers should be "skeptical of headlines," and to "look closely at the URL." The company says it has made improvements to help them detect fake news accounts more effectively.

The social network’s full-page print ads will appear in four UK newspapers on Monday, including the Telegraph, Times, Metro and Guardian, reproducing the same 10 tips to spot fake news that it launched on Facebook itself last month the FT adds. The UK campaign follows similar newspaper ads in Germany and France last month ahead of their elections, in newspapers including Bild, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Le Monde and Les Échos.

As the FT adds, "the 10 tips include watching out for fraudulent web addresses and manipulated photos, as well as considering the source and tone of a story, such as whether it is a joke."

Since November, it has been working with American fact-checkers such as Snopes and Politifact, later expanding to partnerships with non-profits and media companies in Germany and France.


“Obviously they are trying very hard to reduce this problem because they are facing regulatory pressure in the UK, Germany and elsewhere, they have to be seen to be doing something,” said Professor Charlie Beckett, a media expert at the London School of Economics. “And they are genuinely engaging with it. They want to signal to everyone that they take this seriously.”

This "spring cleaning" would “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”. The new activities reflect an effort by Facebook to head off a potential reaction from lawmakers, similar to those in Germany pursuing fines for fake news.

The crackdown announcement comes one day after Macron's victory in the French presidential elections, following a campaign which saw numerous media outlets accuse Russia of interference. The UK has similarly blamed the Kremlin of interference in the past, although as noted last week, the latest target of the UK government appears to have shifted to the EU itself, following a dramatic deterioration in relations between the two adversaries as Brexit negotiations get increasingly more heated.

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koan's picture

Facebook has become outright dangerous, if you have an account close it, and spread the word.

Lone_Star's picture

Closed my account 2 years ago.

Looney's picture


numerous media outlets accuse Russia of interference

France has been fucked by everybody: the US, the UK, the EU, Germany, and even by their former Arab and African colonies.

The only country that has consistently shown respect to France is… Russia.

I read somewhere that when the Russians kicked Napoleon’s ass in 1812 and entered Paris, there was not a single crime committed by the Russian soldiers.

And yet, for the last five years, France has been blaming all their problems on Russia. Amazing, ain’t it?


BTW… the French word “Bistro”, as in “café bistro”, is actually a Russian word, meaning “quickly”. I think?  ;-)

IntercoursetheEU's picture

Here's some fake news - 100% of your elected officials aren't globalist traitors

giovanni_f's picture

so facebook has closed the accounts of CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, WP, NYT, FT, Herald Tribune, Economist, Liberation, Spiegel?

RiverRoad's picture

FAKEBOOK will die of it's own accord.

AltRight Girl's picture

There will always be Google.

They'll keep carry the propaganda flag for Deep States all over the world.

Oil and Gas Lobby Wants Google to Label Anti-Fracking Websites as “Fake News”

Panic Mode's picture

I wish that's true but unlikely as long as the society is getting dumper, human quality is getting lower. Perhaps after the collapse. One day.

Countrybunkererd's picture

One Day.  Like the song "One Day" by Matisyahu.  Never gonna happen.

koan's picture

"FAKEBOOK will die of it's own accord."

I disagree, it will morph into something else, and that has already begun.

Ghordius's picture

"for the last five years, France has been blaming all their problems on Russia. Amazing, ain’t it?"

indeed, it's amazing. perhaps because it is not true?

look, it's easy, and it looks like I have to repeat this little fact very often

recently, it was the US and UK foreign secretaries that asked at a G7 for more sanctions against Russia

and it was the French, the Italian and the German foreign ministers that said "no, forget about that"

amazing too, eh? and factual, to boot

medium giraffe's picture

The French balked at the sanctions because they weren't selling as much yoghurt as they wanted to.

Manipulism's picture

...the Russians kicked Napoleon’s ass in 1812 and entered Paris..

Now thats some historie knowledge right out of the american education system(erh closet)

Anon2017's picture

Russian and other foreign troops did not enter Paris until 1814.

AllTimeWhys's picture

same, about 4ish years ago, i got tired of people using it as a platform to whine, kick, and scream about their personal lives and views as if i was supposed to give a damn. Social media in general has turned into a megaphone for people to rant and whine, it's annoying as hell.

zippedydoodah's picture

Then don't use it Einstein.

RiverRoad's picture

"Has?"   Fuckfacebook always WAS.

Panic Mode's picture

Don't have a Facebook account and I'm still alive, got a job, have a family and enjoy my life.

American Psycho's picture

but clearly your quality of life could be so much higher by bragging online about your successes and creeping on bikini pics. 


Panic Mode's picture

Not brag, just saying. Be content what you've got: health & people around you. Treasure it while you have a job. Nothing in life is set in stone. You & I can be out of job one day. If that day comes, you will need the people you care support you, not money wise.

Vlad the Inhaler's picture

AND THE OWNER OF THE COMPANY MIGHT RUN FOR PRESIDENT.  He can simply manufacture his own victory.

GooseShtepping Moron's picture

Never had a Fakebook account. Evil globo-zionist scumfucks.

BabaLooey's picture

The globalist swine will do anything to push their fecal matter agenda.

Just Another Vietnam Vet's picture


  And good ol reliable fake book would have me believe their global expansion and dominant control

    will be a big reason for my peace, happiness, serenity, and well being, as well as the resta da worl.    

Its different this time.      Go figure.       Then  Drink the kool aide.

small axe's picture

The thump of jackboots is getting louder. They're outside in the hall now and getting ready to break the door down ... they're coming for your mind.

order66's picture

The attempts by MSM and elites to control the narrative are getting more desperate and blatant every election. Saddest part is that the majority of morons who still buy into this shit are unable to see the obvious.

Grandad Grumps's picture

Not a fan of Facebook.

Lone_Star's picture

So, the snowflakes are so utterly retarded that they can't distinguish satire from reality for real news. Thus have to be spoon fed the establishment, globalist elite agenda items. This disgusts me on so many levels. I didn't really think a person could be that stupid, but then I remember my Russian history courses in undergrad.

Panic Mode's picture

True friends don't need Facebook to maintain friendship.

True friends only come in handful, not astronicmal figures in Facebook.

True friends will accept who you are (within reason) and tolerate.

True friends pick up where it left off, even without seeing each other in years.

True friends keep talking about the same good old days and laugh on the same thing.

RiverRoad's picture

Well, there goes old George Soros.  He's all washed-up now.

I hear George Orwell will be heading up Facebook's committee to decide what's fake and what isn't.

hangemhigh77's picture

The sheeple need to WAKE THE FUCK UP.

HRClinton's picture

The resolute will simply open new accounts, and use their words more wisely, speaking in code. 

RiverRoad's picture

"Code" works.  I use it all the time in my own notes on the internet.  Let them try to gather and sell my data with that.  Never had any Fuckfacebook or Twatter accounts.

silentboom's picture

What I can't figure out is if the people who want to call conservative news "fake news" are supporting a narrative that they know is dishonest or if they really believe it?

RiverRoad's picture

"they know".....same as we know.

hangemhigh77's picture

Anyone who took an oath to the constitution needs to be assessed, determined if in compliance and FUCKING HANGED if not. Including EVERY SINGLE FUCKING COP.

Bryan's picture

lol - oh, this is rich.  The moral of the story is that given a platform and the freedom to use it to publish your own opinion, many people will be jerks about it and ruin it for everyone else.  What else is new?  See, this is why we can't have nice things.  lol

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

I fart at your general election.

Consuelo's picture



Just pinched myself now - yeah, I'm not dreaming...


But I was curious...   How in the bloody hell am I still alive without a social media account of any kind - not even Facebook...?

Ghordius's picture

the funniest thing about this British General election is still that both Russia's Troll Armies and the EU are accused to try to mess up something

as a continental, I still don't actually even know which political party or which candidates the EU would have to favour

let's recap for a moment where the positions are

the sponsors of the Russian Trolling Effort favour whatever is "against the establishment". in the UK, I think it's fair to say that "the establishment" is supposed to be anti-Russian

but... there, things start to be confusing. Mr. Boris Johnson is a Brexiteer and the UK's Foreign Minister. at the last G7 meeting, he and his US collegue asked for more EU Sanctions against Russia. to which his French, Italian and German collegues answered with variations of "non", "no" and "nein"

the official EU27 position is that they want a smooth, non-troublesome quick divorce, and for that a whopping Tory majority in Parliament would be excellent. which sounds actually sensible

now, are there any visible Russian trolls here in the comments? I don't see any

I see a lot of comments that are either about France or about American matters, but not (yet, perhaps) about the UK elections

a big, big "meh". perhaps this is the visible sign of Russian trolls? the "full OT" strategy? another meh

Dark star's picture

 "Fake" = Not Approved=Blatant Censorship.

Because we have no idea what Fakebooks agenda is, we have no way of knowing what they approve and what they don't approve, which means that Facebook has become Fakebook and is  completely untrustworthy as a source of news or information.

Anybody reading their advertisements would take it as meaning "We are no longer a trustworthy source; ignore us."


zippedydoodah's picture

I'm sorry to say Ghordius that you appear to have lost the plot or maybe you've had one or two too many schnapps.

As an aid, Boris is a politician who will fake anything at all but he is less subtle than most.

SMC's picture

Any excuse to implement Orwellian "1984" style information control... only "Just Us" approved propaganda will be permitted.

I do not have a FB account, but what is interesting is that according to the local newspaper, it appears that many young people are "taking a break" and the fad is over. I asked a young person working here and he stated that too many friends have been busted for stupid FB posts so many have stopped using it.

SgtShaftoe's picture

"Only our fake news, (aka Propoganda) is allowed."

Right, got it. Add that to the list of reasons I don't use IngSocBook.

zeroboris's picture

Will Facebook do the same ahead of the Russian president election, I wonder?

Davidduke2000's picture

no, because Putin has the support of 90% of the population. 

bjax's picture

Facebook is so out of my life, 6 year, not counting, that I complelelty forget about it. It's old tech, just peoples dads and mums on there now, fuck that shit. Winey people showing their narcissist life styles 24 / 7 .. delete all accounts, then delete the idea, and try and forget it ever happened.

Davidduke2000's picture

They dredge up old photos when they were dating and show them off since the kids are not interested to have them. 

Davidduke2000's picture

People should delete their own accounts by the millions this will leave few lefties debating each other, this will force facebook into bankruptcy.