GMANETWORK.COM published an Agence France-Presse story that Facebook is trying to find a way to weed out fake accounts. Many Yellowtards will cheer but may end up crying in the end.
Why is this so? While Yellowtards accuse Dutertards of using trolls; the trolls who support Duterte may be mostly real people and not fake accounts. On the other hand, I cannot say the same for Yellowtards trolls. In my experience, many of those who troll Dutertards are fake accounts.
What is my basis for saying this? Simple, I just check the profile of the person who is critical of Duterte to verify if it is a real person. If the account is real, you will find his or her post will include conversations with other people that are not limited to politics. You'll also find photos of people doing ordinary things and not just random faceless images.
In comparison, most pro-Duterte comments are made by real people behind them. Again, you may ask what is the basis of my statement. My basis is the same process I use to check Yellowtard trolls, I check their profile.
What could be behind these fake accounts or anonymity? One reason is that they are paid trolls and thus want to remain anonymous, and the second reason is the fear of a backlash.
Like or not Dutertards have the numbers and some supporters are very aggressive and make treats. And for Yellowtards who are defending their cause, that can get very scary which makes it understandable why they may be using fake accounts.
Duterte defenders have fewer reasons to be anonymous and use paid trolls to attack the opposition because Dutertards have a very large passionate rapid support base. If you check, many of the so-called Duterte trolls have come to in the open and have themselves identified, unlike many Yellowtard trolls who hide in anonymity because of fear.
In the end, once Facebook launches the "weeding out of fake accounts project", there is a big chance that the Yellowtards are the ones who will be silenced instead of the Dutertards.
My message to the Yellowtards is, be careful of what you wish for.
Shown below is the complete GMANETWORK.COM / Agence France-Presse story titled Facebook looking at behavior to weed out fake accounts
Facebook looking at behavior to weed out fake accounts
Published April 14, 2017 6:49am
SAN FRANCISCO, United States - Facebook on Wednesday said it has started weeding out bogus accounts by watching for suspicious behavior such as repetitive posts or torrents of messages.
The security improvement was described as being part of a broader effort to rid the leading social network of hoaxes, misinformation, and fake news by making sure people are who they claim to be.
"We've found that when people represent themselves on Facebook the same way they do in real life, they act responsibly," Shabnam Shaik of the Facebook protect and care team said in a blog post.
"Fake accounts don't follow this pattern, and are closely related to the creation and spread of spam."
Accounts suspected of being bogus are suspended and holders asked to verify identifies, which scammers typically don't do, according to the California-based social network.
In France, the new tactic has already resulted in Facebook taking action against 30,000 accounts believed to be fakes, Shaik said.
"We've made improvements to recognize these inauthentic accounts more easily by identifying patterns of activity -- without assessing the content itself," Shaik said.
"With these changes, we expect we will also 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."
Under pressure to stymie the spread of fake news, Facebook has taken a series of steps including making it easier to report such posts and harder to make money from them.
Facebook also modified its displays of trending topics to find stories faster, capture a broader range of news, and help ensure that trends reflect real world events being covered by multiple news outlets.
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has sought to deflect criticism that the huge social network may have been used to fuel the spread of misinformation that affected the 2016 US presidential race.
Facebook last week unleashed a new weapon in the war against "revenge porn" at the social network as well as the messaging services Messenger and Instagram.
When intimate images shared on Facebook without permission are reported, confirmed and removed, the company will use photo-matching technology to prevent copies from being shared again on its platform. — Agence France-Presse