Facebook parent company Meta claims that people associated with the US military were behind accounts spreading pro-US propaganda abroad.
Meta removed these accounts in August, saying they showed “coordinated inauthentic behavior” after independent researchers flagged the profiles.
According to a report published in August by analytics company Graphika and the Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO), these profiles posted content promoting the US and opposing countries such as Russia, China and Iran.
The network’s activity was found across Meta’s platform, including 39 Facebook accounts, 16 pages, two groups, and 26 Instagram accounts.
About 22,000 accounts followed one or more of these pages, and about 400 accounts on Facebook joined at least one of these groups.
Meta noted that about 12,000 accounts followed one or more of the 26 flagged Instagram accounts.
In its latest report, the social media giant noted that the network behind these accounts originated in the US and targets several countries, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, among others. Others. and Yemen.
The network operators carried out their propaganda on platforms such as Twitter, YouTube, Telegram, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki with content such as videos, articles, photos and memes depending on the country they focused on, Meta said, adding that most of the content was recorded. to no connection with authentic communities.
“While the individuals behind this operation attempted to conceal their identities and affiliations, our investigation found links to individuals associated with the United States military,” Facebook’s parent company said.
The report said the network spreading pro-American propaganda mirrored similar tactics used by campaigns against the West, including the use of fake accounts and artificially generated images.
“The people behind this activity posted mainly in Arabic, Farsi and Russian about news and current events, including terrorism concerns and praise for the US military, as well as content related to the COVID-19 pandemic – some of which we have removed for violating our misinformation policy,” it said.