The most recent action of Facebook’s effort to eliminate misinformation and actors that do not comply with the rules of the platform has targeted two countries: Iran and Indonesia.
The social network has eliminated 783 pages, groups and accounts linked to Iranian organizations. In addition, it has also eliminated 1,700 pages, groups and accounts linked to the “Saracen Group” in Indonesia.
“Facebook has eliminated almost 3,000 accounts, groups and pages linked to associations of Islamic countries.”
Facebook has reported that the activity of the pages of the first group was directed from Iran. In many cases, these pages and groups were used to distribute propaganda created by Asian media. Its main task was to attack with disinformation people from all over the world, especially in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
Regarding the pages based on Indoensia, the reason is similar. The pages and groups owned by the “Grupo Sarraceno” have been eliminated because they use false accounts in a coordinated manner to spread misinformation and electoral manipulation.
The total number of users that followed the pages and deleted accounts was over 2.2 million, and those based in Iran spent more than $ 30,000 on Facebook and Instagram ads.
Currently there are more than 2.300 million users of Facebook, so the scope of these actions can be very broad with great ease, especially if the payment promotion tools offered by the social network are used.
This shows that not only the Western public (as in the case of Brexit and the US presidential elections in 2016) are targets of propaganda and misinformation.