Facebook Moves Swiftly to Limit Inauthentic Behavior on Social Network

Today’s topics include Facebook limiting inauthentic behavior, and Jamf releasing its Setup and Reset apps for iOS device management.

As part of a renewed effort to restore confidence in its platform ahead of the upcoming midterm elections in the United States, Facebook on Oct. 26 announced that it has removed 82 pages, groups and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior. According to Facebook, the actions originated in Iran and targeted individuals in the U.S. and the UK.

According to Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cyber-security policy, "Coordinated inauthentic behavior is when people or organizations create networks of accounts to mislead others about who they all are [and] what they're doing.” Gleicher said Facebook's threat intelligence team first detected signs of the inauthentic activity at the end of the prior week.

Facebook quickly launched an investigation, including manual reviews of the accounts. While the rogue activity was traced back to Iran, Gleicher said Facebook has found no ties to the Iranian government.

Apple device management vendor Jamf introduced two new iOS apps, Jamf Setup and Jamf Reset, at the company's annual Jamf Nation User Conference in Minneapolis. The apps work along with the company’s flagship product, Jamf Pro, to make it easier for companies to set up devices for sharing by multiple users and to allow quicker resets when different users move to the shared devices.

Jamf Setup essentially creates a shared device for any workflow. IT administrators package sets of apps listed by job category on a main menu, and once they distribute the devices, individual users configure them themselves by simply selecting the package through Jamf Setup that fits their specific job and requirements.

Meanwhile, the Jamf Reset app makes it easier to reset and wipe a device in between users, without any direct attention from an IT administrator.