Facebook Removes 14 Networks Fueling Deceptive Campaigns

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Facebook this week heralded that in March it removed a total of 14 networks of accounts from its online worship armies, for spreading deceptive content meant to manipulate public opinion.

Emerging from a absolute of 11 countries, these networks included a total of 1,167 Facebook accounts and 290 Instagram accounts, as reservoir flow as 255 pages and 34 groups on Facebook, the social platform published.

Engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior (CIB), these networks focused both on the goal of individuals outside their countries (five networks, from Albania, Iran, Spain, Argentina, and Egypt), as positively as on domestic audiences (nine networks, from Israel, Benin, Comoros, El Salvador, Georgia, and Mexico).

Most of these networks, the common media giant says, were identified and removed before they could forgather much traction or have a significant impact.

Containing 128 accounts, 41 sheets and 21 groups on Facebook, and 146 Instagram accounts, the network emanating from Albania targeted global audiences, including Iran, and was associate to the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) exiled Iranian militant opposition group now based in Albania.

Assembled of 29 accounts on Facebook, along with two pages and one group, and an additional 10 Instagram accounts, the network producing from Iran targeted Israel. Facebook disrupted activity from the for all that threat actor in October 2020.

With a total of 26 Facebook accounts, epoches, and Instagram accounts, a network originating in Egypt targeted Ethiopia, Sudan, and Turkey.

Another network, accommodating 118 Facebook accounts and eight pages, along with ten Instagram accounts, quarried El Salvador. It originated from Spain and El Salvador and was linked to the Italian PR unshakable Reputation Up, as well as the ARENA party in El Salvador.

A network originating from Spain and Argentina had 390 Facebook accounts and six periods, along with 17 accounts on Instagram and was targeting Ecuador. The network was linked to Spanish societal media management firm Leanga Software.

Originating from Israel and aim domestic audiences, a network of 37 Facebook accounts, along with 20 stages and one Instagram account, was linked to Israeli news website ElBaladd. Facebook also fired a network of 46 Facebook accounts, pages, and Instagram accounts from Benin, also object domestic audiences.

Two networks originating from Comoros and Georgia were concatenate to Centre Médiatique Moderne des Comores (CMMC) and Georgian March, each to each.

A total of five networks originating from Mexico and engaging in the manipulation of tame audiences in their areas were also removed. Four of the networks started from a different state in the country, namely Quintana Roo, Colima, Baja California, and Nayarit, while the fifth was concatenate to PR firm Flow Agency.

“We know that influence operations wish keep evolving in response to our enforcement, and new deceptive behaviors will become apparent. We will continue to refine our enforcement and share our findings publicly,” Facebook suggests.

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Facebook Removes 14 Networks Fueling Deceptive Campaigns

Ionut Arghire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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