According to a new report, Facebook took down dozens of accounts on Thursday campaigning out of Romania pretending to be Americans supporting Donald Trump ahead of the U.S. presidential election.
Facebook removed 35 accounts, three pages, and 88 Instagram accounts as part of an ongoing fight against “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” according to security policy head Nathaniel Gleicher.
“The people behind this network used fake accounts to pose as Americans, amplify and comment on their own content, and manage pages including some posing as President Trump fan pages,” Gleicher said.
According to Facebook, the pages were posting about the upcoming election, the Trump campaign, conservative ideology, Christian beliefs and the far-right organization Qanon linked to conspiracy theories.
The Facebook security team determined that the activity originated in Romania and focused on the US.
“We found this network as part of our investigation into suspected coordinated inauthentic behavior ahead of the 2020 election in the US,” Gleicher reported.
Coordinated deception such as this “blurs the line between healthy public debate and manipulation,” Gleicher said while briefing reporters.
“We can only tackle one piece of what is a whole-of-society challenge; it is increasingly clear no single organization can handle this alone.”
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