Uk’s data protection supervisor asked Facebook, to eBay, to tackle the sale of fake reviews

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(Reuters) – a british competition watchdog on Friday asked for Facebook, eBay, and to conduct an urgent review of their websites in order to stop the sale of fake and misleading online reviews.

The Competition and Markets (CMA) said it has found “disturbing evidence” that there is a growing market for false ratings on eBay and Facebook sites.

CMA said it found more than 100 of eBay listings offering fake reviews for sale between November and June, with the identification of 26, Facebook groups are where the people are and offered to write fake reviews or companies to recruit people to subscribe to the popular shopping and review sites, and more.

Facebook and eBay were not immediately available to Reuters’ requests for comment outside of normal working hours.

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

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