(Reuters) – Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc said on Thursday they had taken up a network of Russian-linked to fake accounts to operate in Ghana and Nigeria, which have been targeted by the United States of america.
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Facebook also told reporters that the network to which it has been removed from Facebook and Instagram, for the performance of any external interference, it was in the early stages of the construction of the public and operated by local people, some willingly and some unwittingly.
Facebook said its investigation found links to a NGO in Ghana, and EBLA, or that “Remove Obstacles to, the Liberation of Africa,” and in connection with the activities of the past years, the Russian Internet Research Agency, (B), a St Petersburg-based “non-troll “company”, which U.S. intelligence officials say is aimed at intervening in the US presidential election in 2016.
The accounts in the new takedown and managed Facebook pages, posing as a non-governmental organisation (Ngo), or a personal blog, or post on the Facebook groups. They focused on topics like black history, black excellence, and, fashion, celebrity gossip, us news, and LGBTQ issues. They have also shared the content on oppression, and police brutality.
“This activity did not appear to be focused on the election, or to promote or denigrate a political candidate,” Facebook says in a blog post
Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, told reporters on a conference call that the technology appeared as an attempt to create an NGO that had been out in the real world, people on the ground in Ghana as a way of providing a justification for their own stories, and use that to get the message across.”
Twitter marked the books as “an attempt to sow discord by engaging in conversations about social issues such as race and civil rights.”
Social media companies are under pressure from the police and the foreign and domestic spread misinformation on their platforms, especially since U.S. intelligence officials have said that Russia is using social media to influence operation aimed at the election of the President by Donald Trump, a claim that Moscow has denied.
Reuters reported that the U.S. intelligence and security officials this week were supposed to tell Congress of the Russian social-media efforts were more aimed at stirring up social discord than the furthering of a specific US presidential candidates.
Will not have any problems with the Russian trolls will try to exploit gun control, ethnic rivalries, of the tension between the police and the local authorities and medical sources said.
In this writing, the companies have been removed in 49 Facebook accounts, 69 pages, 85 Instagram accounts, as well as 71 in Twitter account.
Facebook said the network spent less than $5 and the ads are targeted at the people of the United States of america, and that there is no political or issue ads, and the company has repeatedly rejected efforts to have any such advertisements.
Reporting Elizabeth and Illustrator in San Francisco, and the Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur and Matthew Lewis)