Facebook has eliminated this Thursday 265 accounts in the social network and Instagram, both Facebook pages and events and groups for irregular behavior. This was announced by its director of Cybersecurity Policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, who has linked these activities, increasingly common in the social network, with a campaign from Israel to affect elections in various countries around the world.
“Officials divulged allegedly leaked electoral news, visions of candidates and criticism of opponents.”
Illegal activity originated in Israel and focused on politically influencing nations such as Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger and Tunisia. In addition, part of the activity was also recorded in Latin America and Southeast Asia.
Those responsible were posing as locals, including local press organizations, and publishing supposedly leaked information about politicians. The administrators of the accounts and owners of the Pages disclosed news related to the elections, visions of the candidates and criticism of opponents. “Although the individuals behind this network tried to hide their identities, our investigation has determined that part of this activity was linked to the Israeli commercial entity Archimedes Group,” Gleicher said.
It is not the first time that this organization uses Facebook for unlawful purposes. Those responsible, who are linked to the Israeli business entity Archimedes Group, had already violated the policy on misrepresentation of the social network on several occasions, bypassing norms and participating in coordinated irregular behavior.
The directors of Facebook have proceeded to veto this organization, which had 2.8 million followers in its different accounts and groups, in addition to having spent more than $ 800,000 on ads.
On the other hand, Gleicher has reiterated that Facebook “works constantly to detect and stop this type of activity”. “We do not want our services to be used to manipulate people,” he explained. “We are removing these pages and accounts for their behavior, not the content they published,” he said, while saying that Facebook “is making progress to end this abuse.”