Facebook yesterday excised from its platform hundreds of inauthentic pages, groups and accounts that were created by actors in Iraq and Ukraine.
The social media giant removed 76 accounts, 120 Facebook pages, one group, two events and seven Instagram accounts linked to the Iraq-based campaign, and it expelled 168 accounts, 149 Facebook pages and 79 groups related to misleading Ukraine-based behavior. The Iraqi activity does not appear in any way associated with the Ukrainian campaign.
Facebook said the actors behind the coordinated Iraqi campaign created fake accounts accounts to amplify content and manage pages related to a variety of domestic topics including religion, Saddam Hussein, Iran, U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Kurdish-Iraqi politics. "They... impersonated other people and used their IDs to conceal their identity and attempt to avoid detection and removal," reported Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, in a company announcement yesterday.
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