Facebook kills 1.3b more fake accounts

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Facebook says it took down 1.3 billion fake accounts between October and December and that it had more than 35,000 people working on tackling misinformation on its platform.

The company also removed more than 12 million pieces of content about COVID-19 and vaccines that global health experts flagged as misinformation, it says in a blog post.

False claims and conspiracies about the coronavirus vaccines have proliferated on social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter during the pandemic.

Facebook's disclosure of data on misinformation comes ahead of an inspection by the US House energy and commerce committee into how technology platforms including Facebook are tackling misinformation.