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Facebook: Removes fake accounts related to Roger Stone

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The Facebook proceed to removal of fake accounts who were trying to reinforce each other's content with the ultimate goal of promotion of Roger Stone's public image. According to Facebook, The fake accounts were managed by "Roger Stone and his associates".

Overall, Facebook banned it as well removed 54 accounts, 50 pages and 4 profiles Instagram. due to their participation in what platform described as "coordinated non-authentic behavior".

The accounts posted content with Political Issues and then they liked and commented on the posts of the other accounts, in order to trick Facebook's algorithms and increase the visibility of their content.

Accounts and pages were supposedly used by Florida residents. However, Facebook said that accounts they were counterfeit and managed by people linked to Roger Stone, a former adviser to his presidential campaign. Donald Trump for 2016.

The social network said the accounts were active from 2015 to 2017. They were later inactivated.

When they were active, the accounts and pages published content about local politics in Florida, and there were articles about Roger Stone and, later, about his trial in USA.

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In addition, the pages promoted information from Wikileaks, before the 2016 US election, which were obtained after infringement of the DNC (government body of the Democratic Party of the United States).

According to Facebook, Roger Stone's pages were approx 260.000 followers, while the accounts in Instagram had about 61.500.

However, the social network noticed that some of Roger Stone's Facebook pages had followers from Pakistan and Egypt to enhance their popularity and visibility.

The platform said it recently discovered the network as it was trying to prevent people who are members from registering. Proud Boys, an extreme right-wing neo-fascist organization USA.

Facebook has banned and removed pages and accounts managed by Proud Boys in 2018.

Proud Boys had previously claimed that Roger Stone was one of its members and that he often used members of the organization as bodyguards.

Additional details about this network of fake accounts are also available in this report [PDF].

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