Facebook Removes Accounts for Manipulation Public Debate in Pakistan

Facebook in May removed 40 fake accounts, 25 pages, 6 groups, and 28 Instagram accounts that originated in Pakistan and aimed to manipulate public debate on its platforms.

Facebook said it posted about news and current events in the region, including the coronavirus pandemic and “criticism of India and its treatment of Muslims.” The operation appears to be linked to a Pakistan-based PR firm, Facebook said.

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Facebook has been publishing reports on coordinated inauthentic behavior — which is how it describes misinformation campaigns designed to widen political divides — on its platforms since 2018.

Last month, the company also published a new Transparency Center that’s meant to serve as a single destination for information around the social network’s integrity and transparency efforts.

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