pcloudy.png
Thursday July 16th, 2020 12:40PM

Facebook, eBay crack down on fake reviews after UK warning

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

LONDON (AP) — Britain's competition watchdog said Wednesday that Facebook and eBay pledged to crack down on the trade in fake reviews, removing hundreds of accounts, pages and groups involved in the illicit business after the regulator warned them.

The Competition and Markets Authority said the two U.S. tech companies agreed to step up efforts to detect, investigate and respond to fake and misleading reviews after it ordered them last year to address the problem.

Facebook removed 188 pages and groups and disabled 24 accounts that were involved in the fake review trade, some on its Instagram platform. Some of the groups offered in online posts to write fake reviews for payment or in exchange for products. Others recruited people to write them on shopping and review sites.

The total included 25 pages and groups the CMA found and whose removals were previously announced in June, when it initially warned of "troubling evidence that there is a thriving marketplace" for fake reviews. Facebook removed others it found on its own.

The regulator also said eBay permanently banned 53 users who were selling fake review services on the auction site and temporarily suspended another 176 users.

Facebook agreed to beef up its systems to detect and remove fake review material while eBay refined its existing filters to better identify and block listings for online review services, the CMA said.

“Fake reviews are really damaging to shoppers and businesses alike,” the regulator's chief executive, Andrea Coscelli, said in a statement. “Millions of people base their shopping decisions on reviews, and if these are misleading or untrue, then shoppers could end up being misled into buying something that isn’t right for them - leaving businesses who play by the rules missing out.”

EBay said it has “zero tolerance for fake or misleading reviews and will continue to take action against any seller that breaches our user polices."

Facebook said it has “invested heavily” to stop people offering or trading fake review services on its platforms, but “we know there is more work to do and are working with the CMA to address this issue.”

___

For all of AP's tech coverage, visit https://apnews.com/apf-technology

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Business, AP Technology News
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Facebook, eBay crack down on fake reviews after UK warning
Britain's competition watchdog says Facebook and eBay have pledged to crack down on the trade in fake reviews after being warned
11:20AM ( 4 minutes ago )
Puerto Ricans left homeless after biggest quake in century
Cars, cots and plastic chairs have became temporary beds for hundreds of families who lost their homes in the strongest quake to hit Puerto Rico in more than 100 years
11:02AM ( 21 minutes ago )
US allies see Mideast strategy vacuum that Putin can fill
Russian President Vladimir Putin is heading to Turkey for talks with the Turkish leader, a day after he made a surprise visit to Syria
10:57AM ( 27 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Erdogan, Putin launch new gas line, vow Mideast diplomacy
The presidents of Turkey and Russia have inaugurated a natural gas line connecting their countries
10:32AM ( 51 minutes ago )
Fugitive tycoon Ghosn: Japan arrest was a plot
Ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn has described his arrest in Japan, from which he fled last month in a daring escape, as a plot against him
10:30AM ( 53 minutes ago )
Ukrainian airplane crashes near Iran's capital, killing 176
A Ukrainian passenger jet carrying 176 people has crashed just minutes after taking off from the Iranian capital's main airport, turning farmland on the outskirts of Tehran into fields of flaming debris and killing all on board
10:20AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
Facebook, eBay crack down on fake reviews at UK request
Britain's competition watchdog says Facebook and eBay have pledged to crack down on the trade in fake reviews at its request. The companies have removed hundreds of accounts, pages and groups involved in the illicit business
7:11AM ( 4 hours ago )
Invitation to Ivanka Trump draws backlash at big tech show
The decision to invite Ivanka Trump to speak at the nation's largest consumer electronics show renewed criticism about the show's commitment to diversity
3:24AM ( 7 hours ago )
Sex tech from women-led startups pops up at CES gadget show
Sex tech is making an appearance at the CES gadget show a year after organizers took fire for revoking an innovation award to a sex device company led by a woman
8:17PM ( 15 hours ago )
AP Technology News
Puerto Ricans left homeless after biggest quake in century
Cars, cots and plastic chairs have became temporary beds for hundreds of families who lost their homes in the strongest quake to hit Puerto Rico in more than 100 years
11:02AM ( 21 minutes ago )
US allies see Mideast strategy vacuum that Putin can fill
Russian President Vladimir Putin is heading to Turkey for talks with the Turkish leader, a day after he made a surprise visit to Syria
10:57AM ( 27 minutes ago )
Erdogan, Putin call for cease-fire in Libya from Jan 12
Turkey and Russia has called for a cease-fire in war-torn Libya while European Union officials intensified their diplomatic efforts to cool tensions by holding talks with the north African country's prime minister
10:45AM ( 38 minutes ago )
The Latest: Putin, Erdogan warn against more use of force
The Russian and Turkish presidents in a joint statement after a closed-door meeting on Mideast security are warning that the further use of force “would lead to a new cycle of instability and would eventually damage everyone’s interests
10:42AM ( 41 minutes ago )
Commercial airlines reroute flights amid US-Iran tensions
Commercial airlines are rerouting flights crossing the Middle East to avoid possible danger amid escalating tensions between the United States and Iran
10:37AM ( 46 minutes ago )