Facebook and Instagram removed 2.1b inauthentic accounts from January 2018 to September. Facebook and Instagram sued four Chinese companies for promoting the trade of fake accounts, likes, and followers that the social network titan says can be used for destructive purposes.
The Chinese companies promoted and produced the fake accounts over the last two years and sold them on six websites, marketing them in mass quantities, according to a criticism listed Friday in San Francisco federal court.
“Fake and inauthentic accounts can be used for spam and phishing campaigns, misinformation campaigns, marketing scams, advertising fraud, and other fraud schemes which are profitable at scale,” Facebook and Instagram claimed. They declared fake accounts were also built on Amazon, Apple, Google, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Facebook has come under close investigation over the use of private information and the impression of objectionable content on its 2.7 billion monthly users, with authorities around the world doubting the company’s policies. Friday’s lawsuit, which declares multiple violations of US trademark equity, is one way the company is struggling back against economic exploitation of its social networks.
By using artificial intelligence to detect fake accounts, Instagram and Facebook disabled 2.1 billion inauthentic accounts from January 2018 within September, “often within minutes of the accounts’ creation,” according to the complaint.
The companies named as offenders — 9 Xiu Shenzhen, 9 Xiu Feishu, 9 Xiufei, and Home Network — are based in Longyan and Shenzhen. They are affiliated companies of electronics and hardware, as well as providers of software and online promotion services, according to the complaint.
The defendants couldn’t quickly be located for comment.
Facebook is querying a court order enduringly barring the Chinese companies’ alleged policy and financial damages.