Facebook removed hundreds of accounts and Pages from its platform out of the UAE, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia for ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior”…
Facebook has announced it removed hundreds of accounts from its platform — along with subsidiary Instagram — for what it calls “coordinated inauthentic behavior.”
Facebook Removes Accounts for Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior from the UAE, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia
Facebook says it took down 259 profiles, 102 Pages, 5 groups, 4 events, and 17 Instagram accounts. All the content originated in the UAE and Egypt, with focus on several other countries.
The social network explains most were detected by its automated systems to spread their messages and gain interactions.
Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy, writes the following on the official Facebook blog:
- Presence on Facebook and Instagram: 259 Facebook accounts (200 of which had been previously disabled by our automated systems), 102 Facebook Pages, 5 Facebook Groups, 4 Facebook Events, and 17 Instagram accounts.
- Followers: More than 13.7 million accounts followed one or more of these Pages, about 9,000 accounts joined at least one of these Groups, and around 65,000 accounts followed at least one of these Instagram accounts.
- Advertising: About $167,000 spent on Facebook ads paid for primarily in US dollars and Emirati dirhams.
- Events: 4 events were hosted by these Facebook Pages. The first was scheduled for June 4, 2018, and the most recent was scheduled for June 19, 2019. Two hundred seventy people expressed interest in at least one of these events. We cannot confirm whether any of these events actually occurred.