Facebook said Thursday that Facebook shut down a network of hundreds of fake accounts and pages targeting Ukrainians and associated with individuals who had previously been sanctioned by the United States for interfering in the US elections.
Carrying out deceptive propaganda activities on multiple social media platforms and other websites, posing as independent media outlets, promoting favorable content about Ukrainian politicians, including activities that can be hired The company stated that the investigation began after the indication of the FBI.
Facebook attributed the activity to individuals and entities sanctioned by the United States Department of the Treasury, including politician Andriy Del Kah. Derkach), a pro-Russian congressman, was blacklisted by the United States government. in September due to his accusations. Attempt to interfere in the 2020 US elections won by President Joe Biden.
Facebook said it had deleted Derkach’s account in October 2020. Derkach told Reuters he would comment on the Facebook investigation on Friday. Facebook also attributed the network to Ukrainian political figure Oleh Kulinich and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr, a political consultant related to Groysman.
Kulinich did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Groysman could not immediately comment. Facebook said that in addition to defending these politicians, the network has also promoted positive material from participants in the political arena, possibly a paid service. He said investigative activities started around 2015, focused only on Ukraine, and posted anti-Russian content.
The head of threat intelligence for Facebook’s global influence operations said in a phone call with reporters. The Facebook investigation team stated that Ukraine has been one of the main sources of “coordination of false acts” removed from the site.
Facebook stated that it removed 363 pages, after which it removed about 2.37 million accounts and removed them from the network. 477 accounts were violated due to a violation of its rules. Facebook also said that the network also spent approximately US $ 496,000 (approximately Rs 3,64,92,900) on Facebook and Instagram ads.