Facebook has had down a network of fake accounts which were go out of China and posted about US politics, tuesday the company disclosed.
As CNET highlights, Facebook has found fake accounts from China during the past, however the latest takedowns will be the first-time it’s found Chinese-run accounts posting about US politics. The business detailed its investigation in a written report that identified two separate networks that coordinated collectively.
One network started in China, and was comprised of a lot more than 155 accounts that had amassed a following of 133,000 and group membership of 61,000. Though Facebook says the group “focused the majority of its activity” in Southeast Asia, a few of the accounts also posted about US politics to get and against presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg “both, Joe Biden and Donald Trump.” The US-focused accounts “gained no following almost,” however the takedowns were significant enough the business opted to reveal the proceed of its monthly report on coordinated inauthentic behavior, CNN reported.
The second network was from the Philippine police and military, in accordance with Facebook. It had 276,000 flowers on Facebook and 5,500 on Instagram and posted about domestic politics in the Philippines and the military mainly.
News of the takedowns comes as Facebook continues to shore up its policies prior to the 2020 presidential election. Facebook along with other platforms have met with government officials to go over election security, and is particularly gaming out scenarios in case of a “chaotic” aftermath following election.