Facebook Disrupts New Russian Disinformation Campaign

Infosecurity Magazine | January 18, 2019

Facebook Disrupts New Russian Disinformation Campaign
Facebook has removed hundreds of fake Pages and accounts after spotting a coordinated effort by Russian state-linked actors to spread disinformation in Ukraine and other former Soviet countries. There were two linked campaigns: the first targeting Romania, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia and Kyrgyzstan. Although purporting to be independent or general interest Pages on topics ranging from weather and travel to politics, they were actually run by employees of Kremlin news agency Sputnik, according to Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher. The 289 fake Pages and 75 spoof accounts posted disinformation on local corruption and protests, and anti-NATO sentiment, spending $135,000 on ads, hosting 190 events and attracting 790,000 followers.

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