Meta Links Belarus Intelligence Operatives to Poland Migrant Crisis

Facebook owner Meta reported that the Belarusian KGB has been using social media to stir up the migrant crisis at the Polish border.

“We removed 41 Facebook accounts, five Groups, and four Instagram accounts in Belarus that primarily targeted audiences in the Middle East and Europe. We found this activity as a result of our internal investigation into suspected coordinated inauthentic behavior in the region as we monitored the ongoing crisis at the border between Belarus and the EU, and we linked it to the Belarusian KGB” said Meta on their Adversarial Threat Report.

According to Meta, alleged Belarusian KGB operatives had been posing as journalists and activists from Poland and Lithuania to accuse Polish border guards of violating migrants’ rights.

Meta said that the disinformation campaign had very little reach and only managed to get less than 2000 audiences.

The Belarusian KGB has neither affirmed nor denied Meta’s report.

Aside from the fake journalist campaign, Meta also managed to remove 31 Facebook accounts, four groups, two Facebook events and four Instagram accounts that were posing as migrants.

The fake migrant accounts were believed to have come from Poland but no groups or governments have been linked.

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