Lifehacker: How to Make a Fake Facebook Account

Lifehacker: How to Make a Fake Facebook Account. “Nowadays, if you try to make a new Facebook account, you’ll have to jump through many more hoops due to the mechanisms Facebook uses to prevent people from breaking its Terms of Service. Why would you even want another Facebook account, though? Before all the ‘delete Facebook!’ Kinja commenters pile into this article, there are actually a few decent reasons why you might need a ‘Fakebook.'”

Washington Post: Fake Twitter accounts posing as Black Trump supporters appear, reach thousands, then vanish

Washington Post: Fake Twitter accounts posing as Black Trump supporters appear, reach thousands, then vanish. “An account featuring the image of a Black police officer, President Trump and the words ‘VOTE REPUBLICAN’ had a brief but spectacular run on Twitter. In six days after it became active last week, it tweeted just eight times but garnered 24,000 followers, with its most popular tweet being liked 75,000 times. Then, on Sunday, the account was gone — suspended by Twitter for breaking its rules against platform manipulation.”

NBC News: Turning Point USA tied to fake accounts, Facebook says

NBC News: Turning Point USA tied to fake accounts, Facebook says. “Facebook said Thursday that it has taken down hundreds of fake accounts created by a marketing company that worked with the young conservative group Turning Point USA to invade the comments sections of mainstream publishers and denigrate Democratic politicians.”

AsiaOne: They’re kings and queens of social media – but they don’t exist

AsiaOne: They’re kings and queens of social media – but they don’t exist. “Social media is filled with attractive individuals who pose against heavily edited backgrounds and promote aesthetically photographed products. They have turned the online realm into a curated fantasy world, one where it’s hard to discern what is real and what is artful artifice. Now, a new computer-generated species of social media influencer is taking this escapism to another level.”

CNN: As Twitter and Facebook find fake networks of accounts, are they merely scratching the surface?

CNN: As Twitter and Facebook find fake networks of accounts, are they merely scratching the surface?. “So: Another day, another mass-removal of bogus social profiles that manipulated the public. This is ‘probably only scratching the surface of the shady political tactics being used,’ Donie O’Sullivan pointed out Wednesday night. ‘A good reminder that what you see on Facebook might not be what it seems.’ Yes — but it’s almost impossible to know just how big the proverbial iceberg is. How much of what looks like ‘engagement’ on the web is actually ‘fraud?'”

CNN: Facebook removes Roger Stone from Instagram after linking him to fake accounts

CNN: Facebook removes Roger Stone from Instagram after linking him to fake accounts. “Facebook announced Wednesday it had shut down pages and accounts linked to Roger Stone and Proud Boys, a far-right group Facebook has banned under its hate policies. Stone’s own Instagram account was shut down as part of the takedown. The network of more than 100 Facebook pages, accounts and Instagram accounts spent more than $300,000 on Facebook and Instagram ads to promote their posts. Some of the pages and accounts included false personas, an analysis commissioned by Facebook found.”

OneZero: Data Thieves Are Targeting Dead People’s Social Media Accounts

OneZero: Data Thieves Are Targeting Dead People’s Social Media Accounts. “In 2012, the family of a deceased soldier in the United States was blindsided when they started seeing his face on ads for dating websites. His photo was being used to entice more people to visit the site. In another case, a woman received new Facebook messages sent from the account of a dead friend, says Faheem Hussain, a clinical assistant professor at Arizona State University who studies the digital afterlife. Someone was impersonating her friend and using his account to harass her. While she knew she could block the account, she hesitated because it was also her last remaining connection to her friend.”

ZDNet: Facebook has a new tool to spot spammers, and it’s already taken down billions of accounts

ZDNet: Facebook has a new tool to spot spammers, and it’s already taken down billions of accounts. “Chasing fake accounts on social networks is a high-tech game of cat and mouse, and as soon as one troll is down, another one pops up. But Facebook has revealed that it has a new trick up its sleeve to better identify spammers – an improved weapon-of-choice that attackers won’t be able to dodge as easily as before, according to the social media giant.”

CNET: Facebook pulls down hundreds of fake accounts tied to marketing firms in India and Egypt

CNET: Facebook pulls down hundreds of fake accounts tied to marketing firms in India and Egypt. “Facebook in February removed hundreds of accounts and pages tied to deceptive campaigns that appear to be from Egyptian and Indian marketing firms, the company said Monday. The takedowns are part of the social media giant’s efforts to crack down on what it calls ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior,’ which involves creating dozens or hundreds of fake accounts and using them to promote ideologies and drive users to deceptive content on other websites.”

CNN: How fake faces are being weaponized online

CNN: How fake faces are being weaponized online. “As an activist, Nandini Jammi has become accustomed to getting harassed online, often by faceless social media accounts. But this time was different: a menacing tweet was sent her way from an account with a profile picture of a woman with blonde hair and a beaming smile.”

AV Club: Somebody made a bot-filled social media app where everyone is obsessed with you

AV Club: Somebody made a bot-filled social media app where everyone is obsessed with you. “Botnet is a new social media app where you’ll never engage with another living thing. Instead, you fire off posts into a sea of zero and ones, which then manifest as bots with names like VivaJeanne and tellNorah. All of them love you. They love your stupid posts. They shower them with likes and emojis and comments. They don’t care about Russia or Captain Marvel or Donald Trump. They care about your thoughts on, let’s say, Deadpool. Or Amy Klobuchar.” Until it all goes mad, of course.

EurekAlert: New research uses physiological cues to distinguish computer-generated faces from human ones

EurekAlert: New research uses physiological cues to distinguish computer-generated faces from human ones. “‘Digital human face detection in video sequences via a physiological signal analysis,’ a paper published today in the Journal of Electronic Imaging (JEI), presents a viable, innovative way to discern between natural humans (NAT) and CG faces within the context of multimedia forensics, using individuals’ heart rate as the discriminating feature.”

Dawn: Senate panel recommends pact with Twitter to block fake accounts

Dawn: Senate panel recommends pact with Twitter to block fake accounts. (This is Pakistan.) “The Senate Standing Commit­tee on Information Technology on Wednesday asked the government to enter into an agreement with Twitter’s management to share information and block fake accounts. The committee members asked the authorities concerned to identify accounts that were allegedly involved in defamation and harassment of individuals as well as organisations.”