Facebook Suspends 249 Suspected Accounts Linked To Russia

Recently, Facebook has removed 70 accounts, 65 Instagram accounts and 138 Facebook pages controlled by Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA). This news was announced by Chief Security Officer, Alex Stamos. He also shared samples of some Facebook page post and a sample of Facebook Ads.
Source: Facebook
According to Alex Stamos, many pages were running ads which were targeted to the people living in Russia or the Russian speakers around the world including neighboring countries like Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine.
He has also shared IRA takedown reasons as this activity took months of work by their team -
Source: Facebook
According to Stamos -
“The IRA has repeatedly used complex networks of inauthentic accounts to deceive and manipulate people who use Facebook, including before, during and after the 2016 US presidential elections. It’s why we don’t want them on Facebook. We removed this latest set of Pages and accounts solely because they were controlled by the IRA.”
He also told that Facebook is looking into best ways to provide more transparency on the activities of IRA. In next few weeks, Facebook will be updating its new tool which will help users to find that if they had liked or followed any of such pages.
The IRA has regularly used inauthentic accounts to manipulate people that’s why Facebook is taking strict actions to every account which is linked to the organization. As IRA and other bad actors always change their tactics to hide from the Facebook security team and seek to abuse it.
Facebook is working hard to find more and will take strict actions and assures that the company will invest more in better technology and safety on Facebook.
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