Facebook Releases Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior Report for September 2020

Facebook Releases Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior Report for September 2020

Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Security Policy, made some colors available in a newsroom post, writing: “Two of the networks we share today have mainly been concerned with commenting on content – relying on real people, not automation – to create the perception of broad support for their content narratives by leaving comments on posts from media companies and public figures. Other campaigns – like the one from Russia (which we removed in late September) – focused on getting ignorant freelance journalists to write for these operations. “

He added. “Deceptive campaigns like this present a particularly complex challenge in that they blur the line between healthy public debate and manipulation. Our teams will continue to find, remove, and expose these coordinated tampering campaigns. However, we know that these threats extend beyond our platform and no single organization can address them alone. It is therefore important that we as a society have a wider discussion of what is acceptable political advocacy and take steps to discourage people from crossing the line. “

In early October, Facebook removed 200 accounts, 55 pages, and 76 Instagram accounts that originated in the United States and focused on the domestic audience, as well as Botswana and Kenya.

Fake accounts have been used to comment on other people’s content, with people on both sides of the US political spectrum posing as individuals

The same wrote: “We began our investigation after the Washington Post publicly reported on some elements of this activity. Although the people behind this network tried to hide their identity and coordination, our research linked this activity to Rally Forge, a US marketing firm working on behalf of Turning Point USA and Inclusive Conservation Group. Rally Forge is now banned from Facebook. We will continue to investigate all linked networks and will take appropriate action if we discover they are involved in fraudulent behavior. “

Approximately 373,000 accounts followed one or more pages, and approximately 22,000 people followed at least one of the Instagram accounts. That network spent around $ 973,000 on ads on the two platforms that were paid for in US dollars.

Examples of content from the removed pages and accounts follow:

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Another network that was removed earlier this month consisted of 17 pages, 50 accounts and six Instagram accounts that operated domestic activities out of the country they originated from, Myanmar.

The people behind this network posted mainly in Burmese about local news and current affairs, and an investigation by Facebook found links to members of the Myanmar military.

About 538,000 accounts followed at least one of the pages, while around 800 people followed one or more of the Instagram accounts. About $ 1,850 was spent on Facebook ads paid in US dollars.

Examples of content from the removed pages and accounts follow:

Pagename: People’s Voice Caption: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is so smart … 1) She seized the love of people by blaming the illegal Bangali problem originated by the military and U Thien Sein government and herself in 2015 participated in parliamentary elections without a single Muslim candidate. But after the election, she appointed the Muslim lawyer U Ko Ni to chair the constitutional amendment committee. an important position? under the pretext of changing the constitution. (Yes! Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is so smart …) 2) She seized people’s love by proclaiming to improve the outdated education system while blaming the system’s failure at the time of U Thien Sein’s reign. However, there were rumors that Daw Su had improved the education system by lowering the enrollment rate to 50 percent with the “moderation system”. (Yes! Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is so smart …) …?Facebook

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