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Facebook: Removed 1.000 fake accounts trying to influence politics globally

Facebook abolished 14 networks representing more than 1.000 fake accounts trying to influence politics globally - including Iran and El Salvador Misleading the public about their identity.

Most of the networks that were removed were in the early stages of creating their audience, the giant said on April 6. SOCIAL MEDIA. Facebook's announcement - part of a monthly report on its efforts to rid its platform of fake accounts - represents one of the company's biggest crackdowns in recent months.

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Facebook has so far removed numerous accounts that were intended to manipulate or mislead the public.

Facebook: Removed 1.000 fake accounts trying to influence politics globally
Facebook: Removed 1.000 fake accounts trying to influence politics globally

For example, it removed a network with more than 300 accounts, pages and groups on Facebook and Instagram, behind which was allegedly a troll farm based in Αλβανία and Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK), a group of dissidents rooted in radical Islam and Marxism. The group targeted Iran and other types of audiences with Iranian-related content, according to a report released by the popular social networking company.

The team was most active in 2017, but increased its activity again during last half of 2020. She was one of the few Influence campaigns which they probably used machine learning technologies, which can create realistic profile pictures, according to Facebook.

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The company also deleted 118 accounts, 8 pages and 10 Instagram accounts - based in Spain and El Salvador - for violating the company's foreign policy intervention. The group stepped up criticism against Henry Flores, the mayoral candidate in Santa Tekla of El Salvador, and supported his opponents, the company said.

Facebook: Removed 1.000 fake accounts trying to influence politics globally
Facebook: Removed 1.000 fake accounts trying to influence politics globally

In addition, the social media giant abolished a network with 29 accounts, 2 pages, 1 Facebook group and 10 Instagram accounts, which were based in Iran and targeted the Ισραήλ. The people behind the network posed as "locals" and posted reviews of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to Facebook. The company also abolished networks based in ArgentinaThe Mexico, The Egypt and other countries.

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Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of security policy, said the company has improved its ability to detect non-genuine accounts, but noted that malicious agents continue to change their strategies to avoid being detected by Facebook.

Source of information: bloomberg.com

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