Facebook Removed Additional Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior

Facebook announced that it removed 82 Pages, Groups and accounts “for coordinated inauthentic behavior that originated in Iran and targeted people in the US and UK”. This follows Facebook’s previous removal of 559 Pages and 251 accounts “that have consistently broken our rules against spam and inauthentic behavior”.

To me, it sounds like Facebook is actually taking action to clean itself up by removing those who are there to cause trouble. In a post written by Facebook’s head of Cybersecurity Policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said:

This morning we removed 82 Pages, Groups and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior that originated in Iran and targeted people in the US and UK. The Page administrators and account owners typically represented themselves as US citizens, or in a few cases UK citizens – and they posted about politically charged topics such as race relations, opposition to the President, and immigration. Despite attempts to hide their true identities, a manual review of these accounts linked their activity to Iran. We also identified some overlap with the Iranian accounts and Pages we removed in August.

Nathaniel Gleicher also stated that Facebook shared the information with US and UK government officials, US law enforcement, Congress, other technology companies and the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab. In addition, Facebook has an Elections War Room with teams that identify, investigate, and evaluate a problem and then take action to stop it.

This sharing of information reminds me of the recent sharing between BuzzFeed and Google, after a BuzzFeed investigation about a fraud scheme that involved more than 125 Android apps and websites.

Perhaps the way to clean up the internet, and make it a more authentic place to visit, is for those who find nefarious activity to share it with everyone else. It would make it harder for bad actors to continually spread misinformation in an effort to promote divisiveness.

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