Meta / Facebook is informing the world today about its efforts to remove mass harassment networks from its platform. The social network released a new report saying that it successfully "closed" a number of networks for Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior (CIB). But in addition to the fake profile networks that all work together, the company has shed light on how it faces additional threats. This includes Brigading and Mass Reporting, where Facebook harassment tools are used as a weapon. This is another step beyond the broader tactics the company announced in September, where it pledged to fight the wider social ills on its platform.
With Brigading, the company dismantled what it describes as a "network of accounts from Italy and France" targeting medical professionals, journalists and government officials. Facebook says it has been active in a European vaccine conspiracy movement called "V_V", adding that its members used large numbers of fake accounts to "comment on bulk posts" by individuals and news agencies "to intimidate and intimidate them. suppress their views ". In addition, these accounts published edited images, placing the swastika on the faces of prominent doctors and accusing them of supporting Nazism.
In Vietnam, Facebook tore down a network used to target activists and users critical of local government. The network imposed "hundreds of complaints against their targets through abuse reporting streams". The attackers also created duplicate user accounts and then cited the actual account as an imitation of the fake account. Facebook added that some of these fake accounts were automatically detected and deactivated by the company's automated monitoring tools.
Regarding the older fashioned methods Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior, the company broke networks in Palestine, Poland, Belarus and China. The first was allegedly linked to Hamas, while the second two were built to escalate tensions during the humanitarian crisis at the border. Facebook said that the Polish network had very good business security and, so far, has not been able to connect it with a real organization. The Belarusian network, on the other hand, had much worse operational security, and so the company has linked the business to the Belarusian KGB.
The latest network from China has pushed Facebook to publish all these details about its actions in case networks that promote conspiracy theories are identified.! In its report, the company says a team created a fake profile of a Swiss biologist named Wilson Edwards, who published material critical of the US and the WHO. What did the posts say? The "Swiss biologist" made false allegations that the US was interfering in the search for the origin of Covid-19 and was pressuring the WHO in an attempt to blame China.
See more details about the Chinese network: COVID-19: Facebook suppresses conspiracy theory from China
One thing Facebook has identified is the use of guides used to train potential members of the network. The V_V network, for example, posted videos on its Telegram channels suggesting that users replace letters in keywords so that they would not be perceived by automatic filtering. Also, the people behind the Chinese network sometimes uploaded notes from their leaders, written in Indonesian and Chinese, which offered tips on how best to enhance this content.
In addition, Facebook announced the launch of a tool, through CrowdTangle, to enable OSINT (Open Source Intelligence) researchers to study disinformation networks. This includes storing any content that has been removed by the company, allowing a small list of approved third parties to analyze it. To date, access has been restricted to teams from the Digital Forensic Research Lab at the Atlantic Council, the Stanford Internet Observatory, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Graphics and Cardiff University.
Facebook believes that posting details on how it finds these networks will allow OSINT community researchers to better monitor them in the future.
Source of information: engadged.com