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Facebook bans hundreds of clickbait farms for ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior’ – TechCrunch

Facebook bans hundreds of clickbait farms for ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior’ – TechCrunch Facebook has announced a relatively small but significant purge of bad actors from the platform: 810 pages and accounts that have “consistently broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior.” It may not seem like a lot, …

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Duo Security researchers’ Twitter ‘bot or not’ study unearths crypto botnet – TechCrunch

Duo Security researchers’ Twitter ‘bot or not’ study unearths crypto botnet – TechCrunch A team of researchers at Duo Security has unearthed a sophisticated botnet operating on Twitter — and being used to spread a cryptocurrency scam. The botnet was discovered during the course of a wider research project to …

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Twitter puts a tighter squeeze on spambots – TechCrunch

Twitter puts a tighter squeeze on spambots – TechCrunch Twitter has announced a range of actions intended to bolster efforts to fight spam and “malicious automation” (aka bad bots) on its platform — including increased security measures around account verification and sign-up; running a historical audit to catch spammers who …

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Twitter acquires anti-abuse technology provider Smyte – TechCrunch

Twitter acquires anti-abuse technology provider Smyte – TechCrunch Twitter this morning announced it has agreed to buy San Francisco-based technology company Smyte, which describes itself as “trust and safety as a service.” Founded in 2014 by former Google and Instagram engineers, Smyte offers tools to stop online abuse, harassment, and spam, …

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