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Mon Aug 31, 2020, 02:06 AM

FaceBook is inundated with fake accounts in the past week (since "updating" to their new layout).

FaceBook recently sent out a notice that they are eliminating the old layout soon, and you must update.
The new layout, includes a panel that runs across the home page, with suggested "people you may know."
NONE of these people are real. It's painfully obvious. Okay wait, 50% aren't real, some of them are real accounts.

One I saw today had a banner under their picture pushing for Trump in 2020, and a background banner with Trump's ugly mug.
These are political ads, and FaceBook is plastering them in your "people you may know" area.

Pretty creepy stuff, FaceBook.

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Reply FaceBook is inundated with fake accounts in the past week (since "updating" to their new layout). (Original post)
C Moon Aug 31 OP
StrictlyRockers Aug 31 #1
C Moon Aug 31 #4
StrictlyRockers Aug 31 #7
mr_lebowski Aug 31 #9
blogslut Aug 31 #2
C Moon Aug 31 #5
obamanut2012 Aug 31 #12
intrepidity Aug 31 #3
C Moon Aug 31 #6
mr_lebowski Aug 31 #10
elleng Aug 31 #8
msongs Aug 31 #11
C Moon Aug 31 #13

Response to C Moon (Original post)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 02:08 AM

1. Facebook is a vector for disinformation

It's not just the ads.

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Response to StrictlyRockers (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 02:16 AM

4. I hide my account from the public, so I guess I don't see a lot of that.

Maybe that's why this surprised me: they figured out a way to get the disinformation into private accounts.

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Response to C Moon (Reply #4)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 02:19 AM

7. That sounds smart.

I like it. Good idea.

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Response to C Moon (Reply #4)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 03:25 AM

9. There are no 'private' accounts from the standpoint of Facebook itself ...

They may not show anything about you to anyone but those you've chosen via permissions, but that's 100% and completely unrelated to 'what they show you'.

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Response to C Moon (Original post)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 02:12 AM

2. There's a really great browser plugin

https://www.fbpurity.com/

Tweak the settings and most of the bad dumb FB stuff goes away, except for blathering family members and friends. You gotta block those yourself.

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Response to blogslut (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 02:17 AM

5. Nice!

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Response to blogslut (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 05:09 AM

12. OMG bless you!

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Response to C Moon (Original post)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 02:16 AM

3. I'm happy to be blissfully ignorant about what you are describing

Have never used Facebook, ever.

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Response to intrepidity (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 02:17 AM

6. Thumbs up!

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Response to intrepidity (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 03:32 AM

10. In case you WANTED to know ...

In the FB app there's a section called 'people you may know' and it's normally populated by an algorithm that basically identifies connections between people you know.

If 20 of your friends are friends with Doug Smith, but you are not, you get Doug Smith as one of the people in said list. The more 'connections' the more likely the person is to be near the top. There seems to be a time limit on these, they do cycle over time.

There should really NEVER be anyone in this list that isn't friends with a number of people you know. The complaint here is that they're now seeing (probably) fake people who's pictures function as Trump ads, that are not friends with anyone they know ... in this list.

It's very friggin deceitful on FB's part because these Trumpists (real or not) could not 'cause' this to happen on their own ... unless perhaps they've discovered a bug with the redesign and are leveraging it. That seems less likely than FB shenanigans, but is also possible.

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Response to C Moon (Original post)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 02:45 AM

8. Gonna be a MESS!

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Response to C Moon (Original post)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 04:27 AM

11. people u may know is not new. the new look is a mess and offers no improvement nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #11)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 11:29 AM

13. Yeah, I've looked at it on the old layout from time to time,

but now there are people who are 100% fake. It wasn't that way before.

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