Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Facebook says it has removed “tens of thousands of accounts, Pages and Groups” around the world for spreading misleading content about the conflict to build audiences and bring in cash.
Spammers switched user names repeatedly to trick people into following them. They would then push their followings to other websites off-platform where they could either make ad revenue or sell merchandise.
Facebook said it also uncovered and took down multiple clusters of compromised accounts that have long been abandoned that suddenly shifted to being run out of Russia during the war, and then began sharing pro-separatist videos as part of paid inauthentic engagement.
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