Facebook announced that it has removed hundreds of pages “for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior” as part of a disinformation campaign being run by employees of Russian news outlet Sputnik. The stunning announcement, made early Thursday, revealed that Facebook has removed 364 pages — boasting 790,000 followers and $135,000 in ad buys between them — that were “part of a network that originated in Russia and operated in the Baltics, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Central and Eastern European countries.”
In a second operation, Facebook removed more than 100 Facebook pages and 40 Instagram accounts engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” as part of a network that originated in Russia and operated out of Ukraine. Facebook said it received an initial tip on that operation from U.S. law enforcement. Facebook said it had shared all its findings with U.S. law authorities, U.S. congress and other technology companies in impacted countries.
Facebook removes network of accounts targeting former Soviet republics/captive nations with information operations, pushing anti-NATO messages, using anti-corruption as a theme. “News” operations linked to Sputnik. Accounts operated from 2013-2019https://t.co/K3AfBuZCLi
— Molly McKew (@MollyMcKew) January 17, 2019