Facebook removed, from platform of, Russian network accounts, as the experts considered it account handlers were trying to intervene in 8 other policy issues countries. These countries were: Madagascar, Central African Republic, Cκτήte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Cameroon, Sudan and Libya.
Such accounts were also found at Instagram. Three found networks accounts, targeted African users. “Each of these fraudulent companies used account networks to mislead them users about who they are and what they do, ”Facebook said.
Facebook associated these campaigns with entities funded by Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin. In the past, the Ministry of Justice of USA it had blame this man for involvement in his founding and financing Internet Research Agency, a company that makes misinformation campaigns and intervene in the electoral processes of many countries around the world.
Social platform removed 35 accounts and 53 Facebook pages, 7 groups and 5 accounts Instagram, coming from Russia and targeted users from Madagascar, the Central African Republic, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast and Cameroon.
Experts have found that some 475.000 Facebook users were following one or more of these fake accounts.
The accounts posted content related to elections in Madagascar and Mozambique as well as various global and local political news. Account operators also spent $ 77.000 to advertise and promote content their.
Facebook discovered one more another campaign, which was targeted exclusively to its users Sudan. The campaign included the use of 17 accounts, 18 pages, 3 groups and 6 Instagram accounts, which were also removed from the platform.
The actors of this particular campaign used a combination false and violated accounts to comment, publish content, and manage their pages.
About 457.000 users followed these accounts.
Finally, Facebook removed 14 Russian Facebook accounts, 12 pages, 1 team and 1 Instagram account targeted to its users Libya. About 212.000 users followed one of these accounts and pages.
“We're constantly trying to identify and stop this kind of activity because we don't want services us being used to manipulate people, "said Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity policy at Facebook.
"We remove these pages, groups and accounts based on their behavior, not the content they publish," he said. "We are doing everything we can but it is an ongoing challenge."