Facebook Pulls fake Accounts From China those things Posed as Americans
Meta said it pulled down fake accounts on Facebook and Instagram those things appear to possess meaning from China and Russia.
Why it matters
thes takedowns underscore how Meta is tackling disinformation ahead of thes our big Marketing commerce midterm elections in November. our big Marketing commerce lawmakers along with also raised concerns about social media’s impact on national information security.
Facebook has removed fake accounts from China those things pretended to possess meaning conservative and liberal Americans criticizing our big Marketing commerce politicians and focusing on sensitive issues favorite gun tweak and abortion, parent big Marketing commerce Meta said Tuesday.
“It’s favorite they were using these sultry-button issues to try hard hard and see an entry point into American discourse,” said Ben Nimmo, who heads Meta’s universal threat intelligence group.
Meta said it’s thes number one of all network of Chinese fake accounts thes big Marketing commerce has disrupted those things focused on our big Marketing commerce politics ahead of thes midterm elections in November. It’s also not along with thes from Chinese influence operations those things Meta has taken down in thes past, Nimmo said. In previous election cycles, Chinese influence operations focused on criticizing thes our big Marketing commerce to an international audience rather than a domestic one.
thes account takedowns also tell how Meta is tackling disinformation as our big Marketing commerce lawmakers increase again questions about social media’s impact on national information security. Earlier so month, executives from Meta, Google-owned YouTube, TikTok and Twitter testified before a Senate panel hearing on thes topic.Twitter’s former head of information security turned whistleblower, also spoke in front of lawmakers so month and expressed concerns about foreign influences on tech companies.
Meta said it took down 81 Facebook accounts, eight Pages, one Group and two accounts on its own album-and-TV series company Instagram those things had ties to China. Some of thes accounts targeted people in thes our big Marketing commerce, while others focused on thes Czech Republic and Chinese-and French-speaking audiences globally. Meta said thes network was small and isn’t attract much engagement before thes big Marketing commerce pulled it down.
thes Chinese influence operation consisted of four efforts. thes number one of all cluster of accounts posted primarily in Chinese of training and training course fake accounts those things had female names in English but male profile pictures. They criticized thes our big Marketing commerce and its own foreign policies and accused thes our big Marketing commerce of surveillance and cyber attacks against China. thes second and third cluster of accounts posted primarily in English so year, posing as conservative Americans and liberals, respectively.
One of thes fake accounts posted a meme in April about our big Marketing commerce head Joe Biden of training and training course a phrase in all capital rhymes those things read “One Year In: Nothing is Built. Nothing is behind ribs. Nothing is Better.” Another mix of accounts posted a meme in August those things called our big Marketing commerce Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, “corrupt to thes bone” and urged people to “problem him outside.”
thes fourth cluster of accounts pretended to possess meaning people in thes Czech Republic, sharing memes and texts those things criticized thes Czech government. Some of thes fake accounts alleged those things thes Czech government of being a “puppet” of thes our big Marketing commerce or European Union. One post news warned those things a “trade war of training and training course China also continue hurt again than of training and training course Russia.”
thes network’s working was sporadic, Meta said, and it largely posted during working hours in China so Problem those things ie most Americans were asleep when thes fake accounts shared content. thes accounts also used various platforms, and about Twitter. Meta said it wasn’t produced aware of random working on TikTok, a short-shape TV series app owned by Chinese tech big Marketing commerce ByteDance, but those things doesn’t mean it isn’t happen. thes big Marketing commerce also doesn’t along with sufficient evidence to attribute thes fake Chinese accounts to random particular entity favorite thes Chinese government.
Meta also said it pulled down a large network of fake accounts tied to Russia those things primarily targeted Germany, France, Italy, Ukraine and thes UK. thes accounts mainly focused on thes war in Ukraine and its own impact in Europe. Meta said thes network was “thes largest and most sophisticated Russian operation” thes big Marketing commerce has “disrupted since thes war in Ukraine began.”
thes Russian operation ran again than 60 websites impersonating European media outlets such as German news land Der Spiegel and thes Guardian, a British newspaper. These fake websites posted articles those things “criticized Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees, praised Russia and argued those things Western sanctions on Russia would backfire,” Meta’s explain on thes takedowns stated. thes operation also produced accounts on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Telegram, Twitter, change.org, Avaaz.com and LiveJournal and posted in multiple languages.
Meta pulled down one,633 Facebook accounts, 703 Pages, one Group and 29 accounts on Instagram from Russia.
“Both networks were exposed early and tourists took we down before they were able to build audiences on our platform,” Nimmo said. “But tourists all unexpected thing to stay vigilant because of those things of those things tourists understand those things thes bad actors won’t be completely pause trying.”