Facebook has deleted hundreds of fake accounts linked to Russian operations.The company has confirmed that it has removed multiple accounts that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram.Facebook said it was removing the pages on the basis that the people behind the activity coordinated with one another and used fake accounts to misrepresent themselves.
Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher said,”The fake accounts were part of two separate operations both originating in Russia. One was linked to employees at Sputnik (a Russian news agency based in Moscow).”
In a second operation, Facebook removed more than 100 Facebook pages and 40 Instagram accounts engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” as part of a network that originated in Russia and operated out of Ukraine. Facebook said it received an initial tip on that operation from U.S. law enforcement.
The operation included 364 pages and accounts operated in the Baltics, Central Asia, and Central and Eastern European countries.The page administrators and account owners presented themselves as independent news pages or general news pages on topics ranging from the weather, travel and sports.