Facebook starts removing fake 'Likes'

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A thumbs up or "Like" icon at the Facebook main campus in Menlo Park, California, May 15, 2012. (AFP PHOTO /ROBYN BECK)


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On Sept. 26 Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch that it has began removing fake "Likes" from brand pages. These fake "Likes" are generated by compromised accounts, deceived users, malware and "Likes" that were purchased in bulk.

In an August blog post in which Facebook promised to ramp up security, the company stated that less than 1 percent of "Likes" per brand or business page would be removed, although the decision to begin removing fake "Likes" has had some interesting impacts on certain brand pages.

Zynga's Texas Holdem Poker lost around 96,000 of its 63 million "Likes," around 0.15%, while Justin Bieber and Leo Messi both experienced a loss of about 0.03% of their "Likes," reports TechCrunch.

The removal of fake "Likes" by Facebook is predicted to help reduce spam friend requests, fake comments and the risk of being scammed by others.