Facebook pulls down fake accounts from the UK and Romania

CNET | 3/7/2019 | Queenie Wong
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Facebook is cracking down on fake accounts from the UK and Romania.

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The social network said Thursday it pulled down 137 Facebook and Instagram accounts, pages and groups from the UK that misrepresented their identities. Posing as far-right and anti-far-right activists, these accounts were used to spread hate speech and divisive comments on both sides of the political debate by posting about hot-button issues such as immigration, religion and politics.

About 175,000 accounts followed one or more of the fake UK pages. Roughly 4,500 accounts followed one or more of the fake Instagram accounts. Some of the removed pages included "Anti far right extremists," "atheist research centre" and "halel speech."

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The Atlantic Council's Digital Research Forensic Lab, which studied the network of fake UK accounts, found that the accounts "seemed designed to amplify pro-Islam and anti-extremist messaging, including by engaging with anti-Islam commentators."

The UK accounts are among hundreds of fake accounts that Facebook has pulled down, including some from Iran, Russia, and the...
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