Friday, December 2, 2022

U.S. military using fake Facebook accounts against Asia, Middle East: Meta

The posts were made mainly during the U.S. East Coast business hours and in Arabic, Farsi and Russian.

• November 25, 2022
: FACEBOOK, U.S. MILITARY

Facebook’s parent company Meta has accused the United States military of being behind a network of fake Facebook and Instagram accounts promoting U.S. interests to audiences in Afghanistan and Central Asia.

Meta, its quarterly threat report,

said it removed 39 Facebook and 26 Instagram accounts that were part of a coordinated campaign focused on countries such as Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Yemen, which violated the platform’s policy against “coordinated inauthentic behaviour.”

“It included several clusters of fake accounts on our platforms, some of which were detected and disabled by our automated systems prior to our investigation. The majority of this operation’s posts had little to no engagement from authentic communities,” Meta said in its Q3 report.

It added, “Although the people behind this operation attempted to conceal their identities and coordination, our investigation found links to individuals associated with the US military.”

The tech giant claimed that the Facebook accounts removed promoted cooperation with the U.S. and criticised Iran, China and Russia.

The posts were made mainly during the U.S. East Coast business hours and in Arabic, Farsi and Russian. 

Meta noted that Facebook was not the only social media site targeted. Additional fake accounts were discovered on Twitter, YouTube, Telegram, VKontakte, Odnoklassniki and others. 

The company added that the fake accounts applauded the U.S. military and included COVID-19 content, which Meta removed over violations of its “misinformation policy.”

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Biden Putin

World

Biden hints on NATO-led talks with Moscow, if Putin is “willing”

Mr Biden says he is prepared to hold talks with Russia President Vladimir Putin in consultation with his allies from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Ibadan

2023: Makinde parleys PDP members in Ogbomoso, begs for votes

Mr Makinde said that the essence of the meeting was to resolve the internal crises within the party in the zone.

Germany v Costa Rica

Sport

Qatar 2022: Germany, Costa Rica crash out as Japan, Spain cruise to round of 16

It is the second consecutive time Germany are failing to qualify from the group stage at the World Cup.

Gboyega Oyeola and Ademola Adeleke

States

Osun official confirms Oyetola left N76 billion salary, pension debts

“The disclosure was contrary to the claim by the former governor that he left N14 billion in cash for the new government.”

A composite of Doyin Okupe and Labour Party used to illustrate story.

Hot news Home top

Ogun Labour Party expels Doyin Okupe

Mr Asade disclosed that Mr Okupe’s membership of the party had become invalid for non-payment of financial dues in the space of six months.

National Economic Council (NEC)

Economy

National Economic Council holds extraordinary meeting on proposed finance bill

NEC, presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, received briefings on the proposed Finance Bill 2022 at an extraordinary virtual meeting.