Meta’s Facebook has accused the Nicaraguan government of running an Internet troll farm with hundreds of fake accounts used to support the government ahead of the elections this weekend.
In a detailed report, Facebook said it had taken down nearly 1,500 accounts, pages, and groups across Facebook and Instagram apps in October, which were part of the troll farm run by the government and the Sandinista National Liberation Front party.
“This was one of the most cross-government troll operations we’ve disrupted to date, with multiple state entities participating in this activity at once. It was primarily operated by employees of the Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications and the Post (TELCOR), working from the headquarters of the postal service in Managua,” the report added.
The disinformation campaign allegedly began in 2018 as an effort to denigrate the opposition and spread to other platforms, including TikTok and Twitter.
The EU’s foreign policy chief recently called Nicaragua “one of the worst dictatorships in the world”.
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