San Francisco: Facebook Inc recently removed a small network of accounts operating from Romania that had been promoting US President Donald Trump`s re-election campaign with stories about his support from conservatives, Black Americans, Christians and followers of the QAnon web of baseless conspiracy theories. Many of the 35 Facebook and 88 Instagram accounts posed as Americans and some managed Trump fan pages, but they ran afoul of the social network`s rules on what it calls coordinated inauthentic behaviour. In addition to misleading people about their location, some account holders ran multiple personas with similar names that posted identical content, Facebook said. The network had a small reach, with only 1,600 accounts following the Facebook pages and 7,200 tracking the accounts on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. Facebook security policy head Nathaniel Gleicher said the company was unable to tell whether the Romanian group was motivated by money, ideology or government directive. The nonprofit Atlantic Council`s Digital Forensics Research Lab said some pages only shared content from Trump`s page, while others promoted QAnon, which connects various theories around the idea that Trump is secretly waging a war against powerful Democrats who worship the devil and abuse children. The FBI warned… Read full this story
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