After receiving a tip from the FBI, the company shut down a network of Russian-linked fake accounts in August in which the news story was posted.
Facebook said on Tuesday that in August it had removed more than a dozen fake accounts and pages linked to the infamous Russian troll firm known as the Internet Research Agency,
in which the news story was posted. The network was on Facebook for about three months before the social media giant took down the fake accounts after receiving a tip from the FBI,
an indication that the tech company and its partners are quickly spotting Russian trolls online.
Removed 13 accounts and two pages linked to a Kremlin-backed Russian troll farm by Facebook to mislead users about their identities and motives.
The network focuses on the U.S., the U.K., Algeria and Egypt, and with other countries where people speak English. About 5% of English content comes from the U.S. Targeted at,
President Donald Trump, far-right conspiracy theorist Q Anon, and John Biden and Kamala Harris posted news stories about Trump’s campaign to defeat Trump.
Some accounts used fake profile pictures to present themselves as news editors, and freelance journalists were fired for writing stories for their websites. About 14,000 accounts follow one of these two pages.
The Facebook page for PeaceData, which describes itself as a “global news organization,” is no longer on the social network. More than 200 people followed this page.
On Tuesday, Twitter said it had suspended five accounts linked to PeaceData and that the group’s LinkedIn account was no longer available.
Still, the PeaceData website is still online online, highlighting the challenges that come with tackling a network that relies on multiple Internet platforms.
Twitter and Facebook said they were blocking links to PeaceData’s website. According to Graphica, Pisdata published more than 500 articles in English and 200 articles in Arabic between February and August.
Graphica said in a report released Tuesday that racism, cowardice-19, and cutthroat capitalism at home presented the U.S. as a war-breaker and law-breaker abroad.
Russia’s Internet research agency 2016 U.S. Presidential elections have been known to use fake social media accounts to provoke dissent among Americans.
The revelations about the Russian troll firm did not come out until after the election, raising concerns about whether Facebook was doing enough to secure the US election.
In March, Facebook and Twitter said it had pulled out a network of Russian-linked fake accounts in Ghana that was created in 2019.
The Russian-linked network of accounts pulled by Facebook in August was still in its infancy before the FBI hid the social network about their websites.
“These artists are caught between a rock and a hard place,” Nathaniel Gleischer, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, told a news conference.
“They can run a loud network that catches up quickly, or they can work hard to hide themselves, still catch up, and not attract much attention.”
While these bad artists can use platforms that don’t break fake accounts, Gleisher said there are limits to pulling these accounts down on Facebook.
Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 2.7 billion monthly active users.
Graphica said the IRA uses fake profile pictures generated by artificial intelligence and this was the first time the trick was used by Russian trolls.
The network appeared to be targeting progressive and left-wing users.
Facebook also said on Tuesday that it had cracked more than 450 fake accounts focused on Pakistan and India and the US on Venezuela, Mexico and Bolivia.
Removed more than 130 Facebook and Instagram accounts with pages linked to the communications company.