Monday 21 October 2019

Facebook takes action against campaign aimed at disrupting foreign elections

The group was particularly active in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

The Facebook logo (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
The Facebook logo (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

Facebook has identified a private Israel-based influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has cancelled dozens of accounts that engaged in spreading disinformation.

Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters the tech giant had purged 65 accounts, 161 pages and dozens of groups.

He said they primarily posed as political candidates and peddled fake news about elections, mostly in Sub-Saharan African countries, and with some scattered activity in Southeast Asia.

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The Facebook logo on a laptop (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The pages racked up 2.8 million followers and hundreds of thousands of views.

He said Facebook has banned Archimedes, an Israeli company that was behind the influence campaign.

Facebook has faced pressure to more transparently tackle misinformation since the revelation that Russia used Facebook to sway the 2016 US presidential election.

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