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Facebook develops BOTS to identify trolls and scammers

In order to understand how trolls and spammers work on social media, Facebook is developing bots that carry out behaviors similar to those we carry out on the platform. Such as commenting on publications, sharing them and even adopting abusive behavior.

What is WES?

They call this system as WES(Web-Enabled Simulation). Facebook mentions that WES is useful for correcting software changes and testing updates. It also focuses on user interactions conciliated by the system.

Facebook explains this software by comparing it with a video game. It says that in a video game we have a group of players who plays to meet certain objectives. Similarly, by artificial intelligence systems simulation can train players. In this case bots work to violate Facebook’s terms and conditions in order to understand the spams and trolls.

A research paper about WES says that WES(Web-Enabled Simulation ) will help Facebook engineers to identify and fix the undesired consequences of new updates before they’re deployed. Also another research work says that 25% of Facebook’s issue begins only when its users start interacting with one another. As Facebook has 2.5 billion users it is difficult for them to look over every user and sort the issue. So, this WES can help Facebook officials to debug the issue and solve it as soon as they encounter it.

How does it work?


Facebook explains this software by comparing it with a video game. It says that in a video game we have a group of players who plays to meet certain objectives. Similarly, by artificial intelligence systems simulation can train players. In this case bots work to violate Facebook’s terms and conditions in order to understand the spams and trolls.

WW is actually built directly on the live platform rather than a separate testing version. This is another key difference from most testing schemes. The bots, however, stay behind the scenes.

WES is built directly on the live platform instead of having a separate testing version which is another difference from most testing schemes. Also, a recent report said that “While a typical user interacts with Facebook through a front-end user interface, such as a profile and other website features, fake bot users can interact directly with the back-end code”.

A user interacts with Facebook through a front end user interface, such as a profile and other website features, while a  fake bot user can interact directly with the back-end code. This is a great tool by Facebook to identify trolls and scammers.

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