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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Facebook Removes Inauthentic Networks From Various Countries

Facebook announced the removal of seven separate networks of fake accounts and pages that were active in Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Myanmar, Georgia, the US, and Ukraine.

Facebook announced the removal of seven separate networks of fake accounts and pages that were active in Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Myanmar, Georgia, US, and Ukraine.

According to Facebook’s October 2020 Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior Reports they have taken down at least 7900 pages and accounts that displayed coordinated inauthentic behavior in the context of domestic, non-government campaigns and coordinated inauthentic behavior on behalf of a foreign or government actor.

Last October, Facebook has disabled eight networks of accounts, pages, and groups from Georgia, Myanmar, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan which targeted locals while six networks from Iran, Egypt, the US, and Mexico are interfering or targeting other nationalities. 

In Iran, Facebook removed 12 accounts, two pages, and 307 Instagram accounts linked to foreign intervention policy violations which targeted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Some Accounts in Egypt, Turkey, and Morocco were also discovered to be run by individuals connected to the Muslim Brotherhood and displayed terrorism-related content.

In Georgia, some accounts were removed for spreading political content which was believed to be created by individuals associated with political parties.

In Ukraine and Myanmar, public relations firms were also creating content for the benefit of political parties.

In the US alone, 202  accounts, 54 pages, and 76 Instagram accounts linked to Rally Forge, a US marketing firm, working on behalf of Turning Point USA and Inclusive Conservation Group were also removed. 

Facebook said that they are making progress rooting out such networks but explained that it’s an ongoing effort.

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