MANILA — Facebook said on Friday, January 11 that it has banned Twinmark Media Enterprises, a digital marketing group for violating Facebook’s misrepresentation and spam policies.
In an announcement made by Facebook, “This organization has repeatedly violated our misrepresentation and spam policies — including through coordinated inauthentic behavior, the use of fake accounts, leading people to ad farms, and selling access to Facebook Pages to artificially increase distribution and generate profit. We do not want our services to be used for this type of behavior, nor do we want the group to be able to reestablish a presence on Facebook.“
As part of the ban, 220 Facebook pages, 73 Facebook accounts and 29 Instagram accounts were removed, the company said.
This was after an investigation was conducted which found that Twinmark was selling access and admin rights to Facebook pages that they created, among them TNP Media with 4.3 million followers. “This specific investigation began after we learned that Twinmark was selling admin rights to Facebook Pages it had created, in order to increase distribution and generate profit, which violates our spam policy. This prompted our teams to take a deeper look at a broader group of Pages and accounts associated with these users, ultimately uncovering a large network of Pages and accounts that were engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior, the use of fake accounts, leading people to ad farms and selling access to Facebook Pages.”
Facebook also said that Twinmark Media was leading users to ad farms and was selling access to Facebook pages.