Facebook deleted more fake accounts related to Russian intelligence services
- These accounts impersonate editors and researchers and post information about the election.
- The social network disclosed the deleted content, claiming that the fake account attracted approximately 59,000 followers on Facebook and 2,000 followers on Instagram.
Facebook has discovered another network of fake accounts linked to Russian intelligence. As in another recent investigation, Facebook said that fake accounts posing as editors and other media entities were used to trick actual reporters into writing articles for them.
The social network disclosed the deleted content, claiming that the fake account attracted approximately 59,000 followers on Facebook and 2,000 followers on Instagram.
Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said the account could also be used for the same type of “hacking and leaking operations” used by Russia in 2016.
“Although we have not seen the networks deleted today to participate in these efforts, or directly target the 2020 elections in the United States, they are connected to past participants related to US election interference (including participants who participated in the’DC Leak’ in 2016)”, Gleicher wrote.
These pretenders pretend to be editors and researchers to obtain articles for these sites. The network mainly publishes information about news and current affairs in Russian and English, including protests and elections in Belarus, Russian and Ukrainian politics, geopolitical conspiracies.
Russia’s relations with NATO, Russia’s relations with neighboring countries, and foreign policy towards the United States, society’s Economic criticism of the United States’ problems, as well as American political candidates within the political sphere.
This is not the first time Facebook has said that it has found fake accounts linked to Russian state actors. Earlier this month, the company took down a handful of accounts related to the Russian Internet Research Agency, which successfully deceived American journalists to write articles for a website called PeaceData.
Facebook’s latest move also attracted a network of Russia-related accounts targeting Turkey, Syria, Ukraine, and other European countries.