Both Facebook and Twitter have identified and removed hundreds of accounts that are linked to a Russian troll farm that targeted the sites before….
Facebook and Twitter shut down hundreds of profiles believed to be part of a network associated with a Russian Troll Farm that spread disinformation and fakes news back in 2016. It’s allegedly the Russian Internet Research agency or RIRA. But, rather than basing the latest operation in Moscow, the accounts in question were run out of Ghana and Nigeria, according to the social media companies.
Facebook and Twitter Remove Accounts Linked to a Russian Troll Farm
The bad actors had active accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Of which, 49 were Facebook profiles, 69 Facebook Pages, along with 85 Instagram accounts, and 71 Twitter accounts.
The accounts had amassed an impressive 265,000 followers on Instagram, almost 13,500 followers on Facebook, and over 68,000 Twitter followers.
Facebook’s Head of Security Policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, wrote in a statement:
“This activity did not appear to focus on elections, or promote or denigrate political candidates. They also shared content about oppression and injustice, including police brutality. Although the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their purpose and coordination, our investigation found links to EBLA, an NGO in Ghana, and individuals associated with past activity by the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA).”