Facebook recently announced that it had discovered and "disrupted" a network of accounts used by the Russian military intelligence services aimed at leaking false information to Ukraine and other Eastern European countries. Internet. According to Facebook, although the people behind the network attempted to conceal their identity and their business, an investigation by its staff discovered the action Russian military intelligence had developed to gather information on opponents. their camps. Facebook, which has made significant efforts to stop governments and political groups using its platform to disseminate false or misleading information, said it has "foiled" misinformation campaigns from countries such as Russia.
The Russian Ministry of Defense did not immediately respond to the scripts they heard. Moscow, however, has previously denied their claims USA on political involvement, including the findings of the US Attorney General, Robert Mueller, that he was using accounts on various social media to influence the vote for the 2016 US presidential election.
The head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said the latest Russian company used more than 100 Facebook and Twitter accounts Instagram for creating fake profiles, often presented as journalists in the targeted countries. These accounts communicated with the media and the politicians of the targeted countries in order to "sow" divisions on political issues and to spread false and inaccurate information. Among these inaccurate information included false allegations of corruption, ethnic tensions on the Crimean peninsula annexed to the Russia and the Malaysian aircraft crash in Ukraine in 2014.
Gleicher told Reuters that they have long been aware of this Russian company, which operated mainly between 2016 and 2017, and there have been some indications of its existence to this day. It was primarily aimed at gathering information, while also trying to "hit" influential persons in a country to achieve a high impact. However, this network has managed to attract a few followers while publishing articles in local media.
In addition, "fake" journalists were interviewed by Kremlin critics, who deceived them into making unspoken comments, which were later unknowingly posted on the Internet.
Finally, Facebook said it had suspended two other account networks that had nothing to do with the Russian business. One was about an Iranian network targeting the US and the other was about a public relations firm in Vietnam.