Facebook said on Friday that seven fake accounts and page networks on its platform had been removed due to “improper behavior.” These fake accounts and pages are active in Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Myanmar, Georgia and Ukraine.
The social media platform announced that it had included its new network as part of its monthly report as part of the “coordination of untrue behavior”. The report also pointed out that Facebook had deleted nearly 8,000 fraudulent activities worldwide in October. page.
Many of the networks that Facebook took down have used fake accounts to participate in deceptive political influence campaigns, targeting audiences at home and abroad.
A network of Facebook accounts and pages is operated in Egypt, Turkey, and Morocco by individuals associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood is an Islamic movement in Egypt that operates a network of groups throughout the Middle East. Facebook says that these pages target countries in the region and contain content related to terrorism.
Facebook found two “unreal” networks spreading political content in Georgia. One of the platforms can be traced back to individuals associated with two political parties.
In Ukraine and Myanmar, the social media giant discovered that public relations companies carried out similar deceptive activities on behalf of political parties.
After being criticized for not developing tools fast enough to combat extremist content and propaganda, the company has been cracking down on such accounts globally.
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