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Facebook has been taking enforcement actions against social media abuse

Facebook has already taken 300 enforcement actions against people who have abused its platform since last year.

Facebook has been taking enforcement actions against social media abuse ANK
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Bangalore, First Published May 25, 2021, 10:35 AM IST
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Facebook has taken many ways to take down the abuse rate, including sending out ceasing or desisting letters, disabling accounts, filing lawsuits or even requesting assistance from hosting providers.

The company said, as reported in GadgetsNow, "If we find scraped datasets containing Facebook data, there are no surefire options for getting taken down or going after those responsible for them, but we may take a few number of actions."

Recently, Facebook made a settlement with a service operator that disrupted its "Massroot8" terms. They shut down and banned the operator along with anyone who was working for him from Facebook or Instagram.

Along with social media platforms, data scrappers have collected information from health and fitness apps like Strava as well as banks and e-commerce apps.

Facebook has built an 'External Data Misuse' team with 100 members that work to detect, investigate and block any scraping behavioural pattern.

The company stated, "We work with researchers to find and secure publicly accessible datasets that contain Facebook user data- whether the data appears to have originated from Facebook or Facebook app developer. These datasets are found across a range of hosting providers and online platforms."

But there's one particular technique that Facebook hasn't able to work out is 'phone number enumeration'. This needs automated tools to extract information about people.

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