Facebook prohibits accounts from fake news company

Facebook has closed 265 fake accounts, many of which are linked to an Israeli social media company, which was used to spread fake news and to influence political discourse in a number of countries – mainly in Africa, but also in Latin America and Southeast Asia.

The company announced on Thursday that the accounts that were on both Facebook and Instagram were working on what Facebook called "coordinated inauthentic behavior."

In the constant interaction with the use of social media as a platform for deploying political interference, companies such as Facebook and Twitter are struggling with the way their platforms have been used to spread disinformation. However, choosing a company like Facebook did with Archimedes Group is a new turn.

The company promises its customers that it can bend the reality for them. Archimedes Group, based in Tel Aviv, calls itself a leader in large-scale, global & # 39; campaigns & # 39; and promises to use every tool and exploit all available benefits to change the reality according to the wishes of our customer.

… at least, the site was promising that when the Washington Post wrote the news. The site is strange to navigate, so either I can't find that text, or maybe Archimedes Group has distorted the reality again … and modified the site to remove the "by all means" message.

Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook & # 39; s head of global cyber security policy, said in Thursday's report that the pages & accounts were not deleted due to their content. On the contrary, it was their coordinated behavior that triggered red flags:

As in other cases with coordinated non-authentic behavior, the people behind this activity coordinated each other to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing, and that was the basis for our action.

Gleicher said the people behind the network were using fake accounts to run Pages, distribute content, and artificially boost engagement. She also lied about being locals – including local news organizations – and published what allegedly leaked information about politicians.

Facebook's investigation revealed that part of the activity was linked to the Archimedes Group, which it banned from both the main platform and the Instagram service. Facebook has also sent the company a cancellation letter.

Before the ban, the Archimedes Group had 65 Facebook accounts, 161 pages, 23 groups, 12 events, and four Instagram accounts. The pages & accounts have regularly published on politics, including elections, candidate's views and criticism of political opponents, especially targeted at the African nations of Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger and Tunisia, along with some Latin American activities America and Southeast Asia.

The pages & accounts had about 2.8 million followers and about 5,500 accounts were members of at least one of the groups. About 920 people followed one or more of the Instagram accounts.