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Facebook Says It Removed Record Number of Disinformation Campaigns in December

Facebook recognized and suspended 17 disinformation networks on its platforms in December, representing its largest month-to-month takedown, the US tech large mentioned on Tuesday.

The social media firm mentioned it had suspended somewhat greater than 2,800 accounts and pages on its fundamental platform and photo-sharing web site, Instagram, for utilizing pretend identities and different types of so-called “coordinated inauthentic behaviour”.

The exercise spanned 11 nations, together with Argentina, Brazil, Morocco, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. In most of these nations, the networks had been centered on forthcoming elections and run by home teams, Facebook mentioned.

“Deceptive campaigns like these raise a complex challenge by blurring the line between healthy public debate and manipulation,” the corporate mentioned in a blog post.

Three of the networks introduced on Tuesday had been first uncovered final month and utilized by rival French and Russian teams to unfold competing narratives in the Central African Republic forward of the nation’s parliamentary election.

Facebook’s operations chief Sheryl Sandberg mentioned on Monday the corporate had no plans to carry its block on the accounts of US President Donald Trump because it clamped down on a deceptive phrase that has turn out to be a rallying cry for Trump’s supporters.

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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