Facebook has in the past four years removed more than 150 clandestine operations found to be suspicious, operating from more than 50 countries, including India, and violating Facebook’s policies
Facebook has removed several suspiciously running accounts, pages and groups that were created by Pakistan. These accounts were primarily created keeping in mind the English, Arabic and Pashto speaking audience with a global scale. Taking action under this, Facebook has removed 40 Facebook accounts, 25 pages, six groups and 28 Instagram accounts suspected to have been created by Pakistan.
Social network Facebook said in a statement on Thursday, “We found this activity as part of our internal investigation into suspected coordinated unauthenticated behavior with some links to the network removed in April 2019. Which is related to people associated with Pakistan’s PR company AlphaPro.
In all, the company has removed 123 suspicious accounts, 77 Instagram accounts, 55 Pages and 12 groups in the month of May as part of its latest crackdown on the Coordinated Unauthenticated Behavior Network. “We removed 83 suspicious Facebook accounts, 30 pages, six groups and 49 Instagram accounts operated by local citizens in Sudan on behalf of individuals in Russia,” Facebook said. This network mainly targeted Sudan.”
Facebook has over the past four years pulled down over 150 clandestine operations found to be suspicious, operating from more than 50 countries, including India, and violating Facebook’s policies. In February 2020, Facebook also removed a network run by an Indian digital marketing firm, Erap Global.
The Indian firm focused on a range of subjects, from politics in the Gulf region to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Facebook said the operation attempted to drive people to its websites as news outlets and helped maintain trust on nearly a dozen platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit and Medium.
In 2020, Facebook launched its crackdown on deceptive tactics to alert the public about financially motivated practices (spoofs).
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