Facebook closes â€˜coordinatedâ€™ fake accounts in Nigeria, UAE, Egypt and Indonesia
Facebook has removed multiple accounts involved in what it terms â€œcoordinated inauthentic behaviorâ€ on both its Facebook and Instagram platforms. This was revealed by Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity policy at Facebook,Â wrote in a post dated Thursday.
â€œWe removed multiple Pages, Groups and accounts that were involved inÂ coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram,â€ Gleicher said.
â€œWe found three separate operations: one of which originated in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Nigeria, and the other two in Indonesia and Egypt.â€
What is Coordinated inauthentic behavior by Facebook?
Coordinated inauthentic behavior is defined by Facebook as â€œwhen groups of pages or people work together to mislead others about who they are or what theyâ€™re doing,â€ as outlined by Gleicher in a post from December 2018.
Firms that Facebook alleged had links to the activities included Charles Communications in the UAE, MintReach in Nigeria, and Egyptâ€™s Flexell in the first case. Facebook said InsightID in Indonesia and El Fagr in Egypt allegedly had links to the other two cases, respectively.
Gleicher said the moves to take down the pages, groups and accounts were based on their behavior and not the content that was posted.
â€œIn each of these cases, the people behind this activity coordinated with one another and used fake accounts to misrepresent themselves, and that was the basis of our action,â€ Gleicher added.
Social media firms such as Facebook andÂ Twitter face increasing scrutiny by governments outside the United States.
Both companies as reported by CNBC previously removed accounts from its platforms for what they said was a disinformation campaign against pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.