AUSTRALIA has removed thousands of fake accounts that used to post inflammatory, offensive or otherwise offensive content on social media, as Facebook announced it was suspending several of the services that it says were used by some users to promote extremist material.
The social media giant confirmed that some of the accounts were removed by accident, but did not say how many were permanently suspended.
The company said the suspensions had been “deemed appropriate”.
The suspensions come as a wave of fake news is sweeping the country, particularly on Facebook, where it has been accused of facilitating the spread of misinformation.
It is not the first time Facebook has been targeted by fake news.
Last year, Facebook removed more than 20,000 account after Facebook said it removed more fake accounts.
A few days later, Facebook said that it had removed nearly 1,500 accounts in the last two months.
Facebook said in a statement that it also had removed accounts that had posted violent content and were involved in illegal activity, which could pose a security risk.
Facebook said the removal of these accounts was due to the actions of people who created the accounts and were not authorised to have them.
It said that its systems had already been updated to detect and block the use of those accounts, and that all people who have been flagged as being associated with these accounts will be notified of the removal.
Facebook added that the suspensions were not affecting any of its users.