Menlo Park-based Facebook Inc said that it removed hundreds of Russia-initiated pages, accounts, and groups which was judged by them as being involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior on their Facebook and Instagram platforms.
Facebook’s head of cyber-security policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, during a blog post said that they had unearthed two separate operations which originated in Russia, and one of them was active in multiple countries across eastern Europe and the other specific to Ukraine.
The company said that it has taken down more than 364 Facebook Pages and accounts which were being maintained and run by the first Russian network and it was operating in Baltic Sea states, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Central and Eastern Europe, and Facebook went on to add that these pages were linked to employees of Russian news agency Sputnik.
Facebook went on to say that based on a tip from US law enforcement, it separately had removed 107 Facebook pages, group and accounts, and 41 Instagram accounts which originated in Russia and operated in Ukraine.
Facebook said- “We didn’t find any links between these operations, but they used similar tactics by creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing.“
In the previous times, Facebook has been under fire due to its self-admitted sluggishness in developing tools that would help them combat extremist content and propaganda operations.
Facebook and Twitter Inc took down millions of posts and shut down accounts which were linked to influence operations by Russia, Iran and other actors in the run-up to US mid-term elections in November.