Facebook cracking down on false "Likes" on pages

Yes, it's shocking but true: When a Facebook "Like" is registered on a page, it may not be from an actual living person. Today, Facebook announced that it has improved on its efforts to enforce its Terms of Service by going after these false likes.

In a post on the company's security blog, Facebook states that it has started to improve its automated systems to go after and remove these phantom likes. Facebook adds that these new efforts should not be noticed much by the general public as it expects to get rid of less than one percent of Facebook Likes on a page. It adds:

These newly improved automated efforts will remove those Likes gained by malware, compromised accounts, deceived users, or purchased bulk Likes. While we have always had dedicated protections against each of these threats on Facebook, these improved systems have been specifically configured to identify and take action against suspicious Likes.

Facebook hopes that these new automated removal of false Likes will provide its users with a more accurate look at how many people are actually viewing their pages. It also asks people to report any suspicious Like activity to its Hacked page.

Source: Facebook Security blog | Image via Facebook

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

The other star of the Republican National Convention? Google

Next Story

City of Heroes to shut down operations by end of 2012

8 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

What is the point of them anyway? I hate the whole Like thing, I mean who cares that "cutebunny19 likes this"? Why is there no Dislike button? I'd rather have regular comments or nothing at all.

SuperKid said,
Great now all they need to do is disallow those pages which have "LIKE if you do this" etc, they are so annoying

+1! (No pun intended)
Facebook seems to only care about handing out bans to people who post anti-abortion posters and PG-13 humour. The likewhores out there are unbelievably annoying to find in the newsfeed- "Like In 3 Seconds (3) If U Hate Satan! (insert photo of a cloud here) or "LOL This Guy Is So Funni! Like+Subscribe for 2OOO+ Friend Requests!" (insert screenshot of someone making fun of someone)