Author: DONIE O'SULLIVAN, CNN BUSINESS

Now fake Facebook accounts are using fake faces

Artificially-generated faces of people who don't exist are being used to front fake Facebook accounts in an attempt to trick users and game the company's systems, the social media network said Friday. Experts who reviewed the accounts say it is the first time they have seen fake images like this being used at scale as part of a single social media campaign.

Facebook rumor about white vans spreading fear across US

Terrifying rumors initially propelled by Facebook's algorithms have sparked fears that men driving white vans are kidnapping women all across the United States for sex trafficking and to sell their body parts. While there is no evidence to suggest this is happening, much less on a national, coordinated scale, a series of viral Facebook posts created a domino effect that led to the mayor of a major American city

Democrats blast Google's new rules for political ads

The three major Democratic committees blasted Google on Friday for an ad policy that will allow politicians to run false ads across its platforms, including YouTube, in the run-up to the 2020 election. The Democrats also took aim at Twitter, without actually naming it, for banning all ads fr

Reddit warns Trump supporters against harassment

Reddit has warned users of its forum for President Donald Trump supporters that "systematic harassment" of the alleged potential whistleblower whose complaint kicked off the impeachment inquiry "must stop immediately." The company cited, in part, its policy prohibiting "inviting vigilantism."

Twitter will run some political ads, just not from politicians

Twitter announced details of its new policy banning political ads on Friday, saying that although politicians, political candidates and groups like SuperPACs will be banned from advertising on its platform, other groups and qualifying news organizations will be allowed to advertise on political issues. The policy, well-intentioned though it may be, will likely create confusion among campaigns and activist groups — and a headache for Twitter.

Facebook lets fake page posing as Trump campaign run political ads

Even as its executives were out fiercely defending its policies on political ads this month, Facebook was allowing an obviously fake page that purported to be linked to President Trump's reelection campaign to run ads on its platform. The ads directed users to an online donation portal that claimed to be a way to donate to the Trump campaign.

Facebook halts activist's fake ad plan

A San Francisco man tried to call out Facebook's controversial false ads policy by running false ads of his own. Now the company is barring him from doing so — and the man told CNN Business he's now considering legal action.