Tech Xplore: Using machine learning to detect unreliable Facebook pages

Tech Xplore: Using machine learning to detect unreliable Facebook pages. “Researchers worldwide have hence been trying to develop methods to detect and prevent deception on Facebook and other social media platforms. Panida Songram, a researcher at Mahasarakham University, in Thailand, has recently carried out a study investigating the use of supervised machine learning to detect the reliability or unreliability of Facebook pages.”

Search Engine Land: Massive fake review attack has big impact on small businesses

Search Engine Land: Massive fake review attack has big impact on small businesses. “The Local SEO community was recently plagued with a massive fake review attack that impacted small businesses globally. A collection of 37 profiles left over 3 million fake 4-star ratings. By the time Google removed them all about five days later, the average profile had left over 81,000 ratings for various businesses.”

Medium: How to recognize fake AI-generated images

Medium: How to recognize fake AI-generated images. “Here are some things you can look for when trying to recognize an image produced by a GAN [generative adversarial network]. We’ll focus on faces because they are a common testing ground for researchers, and many of the artifacts most visible in faces also appear in other kinds of images.”

YouTube tells impersonation victim: No, you’re not being impersonated (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica: YouTube tells impersonation victim: No, you’re not being impersonated. “How long does it take someone to have a YouTube impersonation claim reviewed, confirmed, and enforced? That kind of data is hard to piece together across such a giant video-sharing platform. But in the case of one user, Penguin Books author Celeste Ng, the process took a little over one full day—and required a big pile of public shaming in the process.”

The Next Web: Scammers target Facebook users with sponsored ads for fake cryptocurrencies

The Next Web: Scammers target Facebook users with sponsored ads for fake cryptocurrencies. “It appears Twitter has become so saturated with cryptocurrency scams that attackers are finally starting to target other platforms too – like Facebook. Unlike the standard Bitcoin giveaway scams on Twitter, the Facebook scam (as noticed by Hard Fork) is designed to trick users into giving up sensitive data, like their credit card information. As a distraction tactic, the attackers have set up a series of fake pages and call-to-actions, the first one of which is a fake sponsored ad.”

BuzzFeed News: Eight People Are Facing Charges As A Result Of The FBI’s Biggest-Ever Ad Fraud Investigation

BuzzFeed News: Eight People Are Facing Charges As A Result Of The FBI’s Biggest-Ever Ad Fraud Investigation. “In August 2017, the FBI organized a secret meeting of digital advertising and cybersecurity experts in a secure room in a Manhattan federal building. The roughly 30 people in attendance met to create a coordinated response to a massive ad fraud scheme that posed a risk to the global digital advertising industry and sparked a criminal investigation.”