UK regulator says Facebook, to eBay, to tackle the sale of fake reviews

(Reuters) – a british competition watchdog on Friday told Facebook, eBay, and in order to go through their web sites, and to crack down on sales of fake and misleading online reviews.

FILE PICTURE: A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen in front of a cyber-code, in this picture, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Image/File Photo

The Competition and Markets (CMA), said it was “worrying evidence” of a growing market for the misleading reviews on the two sites.

The CMA said it had found more than 100 of eBay listings offering fake reviews for sale from November to June, and has identified the 26 Facebook groups with people who have offered to write fake reviews, or companies hiring people to get them to subscribe to the popular shopping and review sites, and more.

A Facebook spokesperson told Reuters the company had removed 24 of the groups and the pages to be highlighted by the CMA, and a number of them, to the regulator’s report.

“We know that there is more to be done, so that we have more than tripled the size of our own security and the security team of 30,000 and will continue to invest in technology to help it proactively to prevent the misuse of our platform,” the spokeswoman said.

With EBay, he said he was working closely with the regulator.

“We have zero tolerance for fake and misleading reviews. Information such as this is strictly against our policy relating to any illegal activity, and we will do our rules have to be broken up,” an eBay spokesperson told Reuters.

Earlier this month, Facebook announced that it plans to bring 500 new tech jobs created in London at the end of the year, with a lot of work on systems for the detection and removal of malicious content, fake accounts and malicious behavior.

The social network is under scrutiny from regulatory agencies around the world, sharing information on practices such as fake news and hate speech on their networks.

Facebook said in March it was removed to 137 of the fake pages, groups, and Instagram accounts in the United Kingdom, for the execution of the incitement to hatred and making divisive comments.

Reporting Muvija M and Tanishaa Nadkar, Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Mark Potter

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