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Facebook removed several hundreds of pages and accounts originating in Russian that pretended to be pages from Eastern European countries.
The sites were operated by employees from Sputnik.
Russia - Media - Posts - Newsrooms - Facebook
Russia might be using its state-run media to create fake posts that appear to emanate from real newsrooms elsewhere, Facebook notes. The company dinged 364 pages and accounts from the Baltics, Central Asia, the Caucasus and other countries in central and eastern Europe.
The groups responsible for the pages also spent $135,000 on ads, which were paid for in euros, rubles and U.S. dollars. The ad buy represents the first big ad spend announcement the tech giant has made since first revealing bad actors purchasing ads in 2017.
Facebook - Pages - Campaign - Russia - Ukraine
Facebook also claimed its dinged pages from a separate campaign originating from Russia and Ukraine. The Silicon Valley company removed 26 pages, 77 accounts and four groups on the platform, as well as 41 accounts on Instagram, another Facebook property. Those behind the campaign bought around $25,000 in ads on Facebook and Instagram that were paid for in rubles.
American intelligence officials have routinely warned social media companies and political campaigns about foreign interference, particularly in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. The Russian government was held responsible for spreading “fake news” to users on a variety of websites at the time.
Facebook - Congress - Ads - Links - Russia
Facebook, meanwhile, gave Congress roughly 3,000 ads in 2017 with links to Russia. The company said it sold $100,000 worth of ads to Russian-linked sources investigators believe were trying to sway the results of the 2016 election.
Conservatives are skeptical about the effectiveness of the campaign, because most of the ads did...
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