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According to a recent report, Facebook has dismantled a covert influence campaign on its network operated by the government of Saudi Arabia.
Reuters reports that Silicon Valley tech giant Facebook has allegedly dismantled a Saudi government-run influence campaign on its platform. According to the report, a number of individuals linked to the government have been running a network of fake accounts that promoted and shared state propaganda and attacked regional rivals.
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Facebook has stated that it suspended more than 350 accounts and pages that had a combined follower count of 1.4 million. Facebook stated that this latest crackdown on fake accounts is in an effort to combat “coordinated inauthentic behavior” on the platform. Saudi Arabia has denied any knowledge of the influence campaign with the Center for International Communication, the government’s media office, saying in a statement to Reuters: “The government of Saudi Arabia has no knowledge of the mentioned accounts and does not know on what basis they were linked to it.”
Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, commented on the removal of the influence campaign stating: “For this operation,...
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