Facebook deletes network of fake accounts in Ukraine, engaged in political agitation

Source : 112 Ukraine

Almost two million dollars were spent on advertising the pages
15:55, 9 July 2020

Facebook deletes a network of fake accounts involved in political agitation
The Economic Times

In Ukraine, Facebook has detected and deleted a network of fake accounts that published false information and data manipulation. This was announced by the company's head of security Nathaniel Gleicher.

"We also removed 72 Facebook accounts, 35 Pages, and 13 Instagram accounts that were involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior in Ukraine. This network focused on domestic audiences," the statement said.

According to the report, almost two million dollars were spent on advertising the pages.

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Gleicher said that the network had been particularly active during the 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine. Some of its accounts have gone through significant name changes over time. The Page admins and account owners posted political memes, satire and other content including about Crimea, NATO, economic policies in Ukraine, domestic politics, elections, criticism and support of various candidates, including Volodymyr Zelensky, Yulia Tymoshenko, and Petro Poroshenko.

As we reported earlier, Facebook has started to label the messages of mass media controlled by the state so that people could understand who is behind the news on social media.

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