Hundreds of accounts, pages and groups allegedly involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior have been deleted by Facebook.
It revealed that a total of 443 Facebook accounts and 125 Instagram accounts, also 200 pages and 76 groups from United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Nigeria and Indonesia were removed.
In a blog post yesterday (October 3), the tech giant said some of the crimes were dispensing local news in targeted countries and stories about UAE as well as criticism of Qatar, Turkey and Iran.
Another crime was “domestic-focused coordinated inauthentic behaviour in Indonesia,” with the use of knock off accounts in dispensing content in support of the independence movement in West Papua province, amid various criticism of it.
A third operation stemming from Egypt, focused on Somalia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Tunisia, Iran, Turkey, Lebanon and Qatar, the social media company said.
The fake accounts “typically posted about domestic news and political topics including content in support of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.
“The fake account also made criticism of Qatar, Iran, and Turkey; and Yemen’s southern separatist movement.”
The pages removed had already been followed by not less than 7 million accounts and joining at least one of the groups were 3,000 accounts.
Also about 193,000 people followed not less than one of the Instagram accounts.