Facebook Shuts Down Anti-Vaxx Network from Russia

Facebook announced that it had taken down a network of dozens of accounts from Russia that were in alleged anti-vax disinformation campaigns.

“We removed 65 Facebook accounts and 243 Instagram accounts from Russia that we linked to Fazze. Fazze is now banned from our platform,” said Facebook. 

According to Facebook,  the disinformation accounts had “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” and were linked to Fazze, a subsidiary of U.K.-registered marketing firm AdNow which is based in Russia.’

Facebook suspected that the network used account farms in Bangladesh and Pakistan to spread messages targeting audiences in India, Latin America, and even the United States. 

Among those anti-vax messages they spread was a meme that claimed AztraZeneca would turn people into apes.

Ben Nimmo, Facebook’s threat intelligence lead said the campaign was “a disinformation laundromat” that expanded its reach to multiple platforms. 

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