Facebook tackles Russians making fake news stories
Facebook has got rid of 500 pages and accounts allegedly concerned with peddling fake news in Central Europe, Ukraine and different Eastern European countries.
The motion ends efforts by way of two separate teams to “manipulate people”, mentioned Facebook in a weblog.
The accounts had greater than 900,000 fans and between them spent greater than $160,000 (£124,000) on advertisements.
Facebook mentioned the accounts have been loosely hooked up to Russian state teams recognized to push fake news.
Nest of trolls
The shutdowns hit two separate campaigns that have been “engaging in co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour”, it mentioned.
The biggest workforce of pages and accounts used to be situated in Russia however centered its deceptive content material throughout maximum countries and areas in Eastern Europe.
The organisations operating the networks of pages posed as unbiased news assets and ceaselessly put out details about a lot of topics together with climate, shuttle, sports activities, economics and politics.
As neatly as extra common topics, those pages additionally ceaselessly wrote about protest actions, anti-Nato sentiment and anti-corruption efforts.
Detective paintings by way of Facebook, aided by way of police and different generation teams, discovered that lots of the other folks in the back of those accounts and pages labored for the Russian news company Sputnik.
The different workforce of accounts that have been got rid of have been additionally situated in Russia, however aimed virtually all in their content material at Ukraine.
The kinds of knowledge being unfold and the ways used “shared characteristics” with the campaigns run by way of Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA).
The US executive has described IRA as a “troll farm” and mentioned it has ties to the Russian executive. In February 2018, 13 individuals who labored for IRA have been indicted by way of the USA and charged with seeking to undermine the 2016 US presidential election.
“We’re taking down these pages and accounts based on their behaviour, not the content they post,” mentioned Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cyber-security coverage at Facebook, within the weblog.
“In these cases, the people behind this activity co-ordinated with one another and used fake accounts to misrepresent themselves, and that was the basis for our action,” he added.
Tackling pages that abuse Facebook used to be an “ongoing challenge”, mentioned Mr Gleicher.
“The people responsible are determined and well-funded,” he mentioned. “We constantly have to improve to stay ahead.”