FB removes 'inauthentic' accounts from China

Monday, 19. August 2019 20:46

Facebook Inc. removed five accounts, seven pages and three groups allegedly playing a part in a "coordinated inauthentic behavior" originating from Mainland China and aimed at influencing the public opinion on Hong Kong protests, revealed the social media giant's Head of Cybersecurity Policy, Nathaniel Gleicher on Monday.

The investigation conducted by Facebook, which was based on a tip from Twitter, found that the accounts had links to individuals associated with the Chinese government. The reach of the pages was up to 15,500 accounts while about 2,200 were in at least one of the groups.

Facebook stressed it took down the accounts based on their behavior, deemed inauthentic and coordinated, and not the content they posted.

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