Last week on Thursday, Facebook came up announcing removal of hundreds of accounts from its platform which were initially opened in Russia.
The current move of social media giant was based on its finding about these account holders of their involvement in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” with each other and using of fake identifications to misrepresent them which also includes some of the accounts that were found linked to employees of Sputnik, a state-owned news agency of Russia.
Facebook also blocked the seven pages that belong to Sputnik’s news hubs in neighboring countries to which Sputnik, in a separate statement, attacked the social media company and described its decision as political censorship.
Facebook exposed two separate Russia-originated operations, one of which was active in eastern European countries while other was Ukraine specific, said Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cyber security policy, in a blog post.
About 364 pages, linked to Sputnik’s employees and operating in Central Asia, Baltic Sea states, the Caucasus and some part of Europe, were taken down by the Facebook, confirmed the company.
Though they had falsified their identities as news organizations or general interest pages being dedicated to be covering topics like sports, weather, economics, travel or politics but the Facebook succeeded to recognize these pages as related to employees of the Russian news agency, Gleicher wrote in blog spot, for their frequent posting of topics mostly containing anti-corruption, protest movement and anti-NATO sentiment.
For last two years, Facebook remained under fire for its slow pace development of tools useful to combat propaganda operations and contents bearing extremism, and that it has also admitted itself. And for the criticism upon being unable to detect, stop and disclose Russia’s influential efforts on results of 2016 U.S. presidential elections, Facebook and other social media companies have now increased their efforts to target such interference on their platforms.