Facebook has eliminated nearly 200 social media accounts linked to white supremacy groups that deliberate to encourage members to attend protests over police killings of black folks — in some instances with weapons, firm officers mentioned Friday.
The accounts on Facebook and Instagram have been tied to the Proud Boys and the American Guard, two hate groups already banned on the platforms. Officers have been already monitoring the accounts in preparation for eradicating them once they noticed posts trying to exploit the continuing protests prompted by the loss of life of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
“We noticed that these groups have been planning to rally supporters and members to bodily go to the protests and in some instances have been making ready to go together with weapons,” mentioned Brian Fishman, Facebook’s director of counterterrorism and harmful organizations coverage.
The corporate didn’t reveal particulars of the account customers — reminiscent of their particular plans for protests or the place within the U.S. they stay. It mentioned “roughly” 190 accounts have been eliminated total.
Each the Proud Boys and American Guard had been banned from Facebook for violating guidelines prohibiting hate speech. Facebook mentioned it is going to proceed to take away new pages, groups or accounts created by customers attempting to circumvent the ban.
Earlier this week, Facebook introduced the elimination of a “handful” of different accounts created by white supremacists who had been posing on Twitter as members of the far-left antifa motion.
Facebook introduced two different actions on Friday to root out networks of faux accounts utilized in makes an attempt to manipulate public opinion in Africa and Iraq:
— Tons of of faux Instagram and Facebook accounts created in Tunisia in an alleged effort to affect elections in that nation and different French-speaking nations in sub-Saharan Africa:
The accounts and associated pages have been used to impersonate native residents, politicians and information organizations. Greater than 3.eight million accounts adopted a number of of the pages, and greater than 171,000 folks had adopted one of many faux Instagram accounts.
The community of faux accounts and pages was uncovered by the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Analysis Lab. Of their report, researchers on the DFRL mentioned they’ve observed increasingly PR corporations dabbling in misinformation and on-line manipulation.
— Facebook additionally deactivated one other community of 102 faux Instagram and Facebook accounts used to impersonate native politicians and information organizations within the Kurdish area in northern Iraq. Firm officers mentioned the faux accounts, which appeared to goal home audiences in Kurdistan, have been linked to Kurdish intelligence companies.