BANGKOK (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s (FB.(O) said on Thursday it had cleared more than 1,800 accounts, and pages in Thailand, Russia, Ukraine, and Honduras, in the latest move against the misleading political propaganda, and other misuses of the service.
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In all four countries, with a total of 294 accounts 1,509 pages, 32 groups have been taken into account for what the company calls “co-ordinated non-genuine behavior.”
They had a collective following of more than 274,000.
The company has been cracking down on such accounts throughout the world is to come under attack from the government, and the rights of groups all over the world, it will not develop the tools to be fast enough in order to combat extremist content and propaganda, and activities.
“We don’t see a connection between them, but they were using the network of fake accounts to fool people about who they were and what they were doing,” Nathaniel Gleicher, director of Cybersecurity Policy, told Reuters in a telephone briefing.
Facebook action will be taken on the basis of misleading conduct, not the nature of the content, Gleicher said.
The accounts will be deleted in Thailand and used in a “fictional personas” to promote the stories on Thai politics, U.S.-china relations, the protests in Hong Kong and the criticism from democracy activists in Thailand, Gleicher said.
“We were able to determine conclusively that it is a part of the activities of the network, which is linked to a person in Thailand in relation to the New Eastern Outlook, a Russian government-funded journal, based in Moscow,” Gleicher said.
Accounts and pages from Russia and in a part of the Ukraine, who discussed the ukraine’s politics and criticism of the Ukrainian government, with the help of fake accounts that pretend to be journalists, and military officers, came down to an election in Ukraine over the past week.
In Honduras, Facebook said it’s removing fake accounts and pages, the posting of positive content about the country and its president, add to it the fact that some of the activities that are associated with people who are on social media, to the government of the united states.
Facebook said it is increasing the pace of its investigation into the bogus accounts, and coordinated the non-genuine behavior.
Facebook said it has conducted nearly three-dozen or so takedowns, so far, globally, by 2019, more than two dozen, in the whole of 2018.
Reporting Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Editing by Jonathan Weber and Simon Cameron-Moore