Ukraine in TOP5 countries in number of information influence operations on Facebook

Source : 112 Ukraine

The country enters TOP5 countries of origin of such operations
13:29, 31 May 2021

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Ukraine is one of the leaders of the world in the number of operations of information influence in the Facebook social network that were organized in its territory. Ukraine occupies one of the first positions in the rating and enters TOP5 countries of origin of such operations, as Deutsche Welle reported citing Facebook’s report “The State of Influence Operations 2017-2020”.

According to Facebook, during the last four years, Ukraine is in fifth place on the number of networks that held from the territory of the country such coordinated unreliable actions, in other words, manipulated by the opinion of common users of the social networks and misinformed them.  Totally, eight such networks were exposed in Ukraine. Facebook detected more such networks in Russia (27), Iran (23), Myanmar (nine), and the U.S. (nine).

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The current Facebook report covers the term during the past four years. Totally, during this time, the company detected over 150 influence operations (IO) in over 50 world countries.

However, Ukraine occupied even higher positions at Facebook’s report on the list of the countries that become the target of such information attacks more often. Ukraine was attacked from abroad within 11 influence operations – according to this rate, Ukraine shares second place with the UK. It is noted that 10 campaigns against Ukraine from abroad were organized in Russia and one more was organized from the territory of Luhansk.

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Ukraine is also the leader among the countries that were attacked by organized networks from the territory of Ukraine itself – six cases. It is the third position in the world shared by Ukraine and Brazil. The activity of such networks aimed against the audience inside the country took place more often only in Myanmar (nine) and the U.S. (eight).

It is noted that the campaigns organized from the territory of Ukraine focus only on the inner audience – any of them tried to influence the users from other countries, including Russia.

As we reported, Facebook removed 105 Facebook accounts, 24 Pages, and five Instagram accounts for violating policy against coordinated inauthentic behavior. This network originated in and targeted Ukraine.

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