Facebook on Friday said 200 pages, groups and accounts have been removed from its social media platforms, citing misleading behaviour.
According to the social media giant, the move was made in the Philippines, ahead of mid-term elections in the country on May 13, adding that about 3.6 million people were following the 67 pages, 68 accounts and 40 groups on Facebook and 25 Instagram accounts that were taken down following an investigation.
Speaking about the move, Nathaniel Gleicher, head of Facebook’s cybersecurity policy unit said that the accounts were made to appear as normal and legitimate to boost messages in favour of certain political candidates.
”What we saw is this cluster of pages groups and accounts, a combination of authentic and fake accounts that were basically being used to drive messaging on behalf of, and related to, local candidates,” he said.
Gleicher added that the accounts were made to appear as normal and legitimate to boost messages in favour of certain political candidates, ”they were designed to look independent, but in fac,t we can see that they were coordinated on the back.
”They would post about local news, they would post things about the upcoming elections, local candidates.”
”A lot of messaging was pro, sort of supporting the candidates they were working on behalf of, some would be attacking political opponents of those candidates.”