Facebook said Thursday that it deleted more than 300 fake accounts, pages and groups linked to France and Egypt in March, some of which posted fake news and shared content on various topics, including the new coronavirus,media CNET reported. The company deleted 81 Facebook accounts, 82 pages, a group and 76 Egyptian-related accounts linked to Egypt, which were “untrue behavior coordination” with Egyptians, meaning that those who operated the accounts misled others about their identities and motives.
Facebook said it had teamed up with Twitter to find a link to an Egyptian marketing company called Maat. These accounts are often posted in Arabic, and some serve as news media, sharing content on topics such as civil wars in Yemen and Libya, the new virus and sports.
Nathaniel Greicher, Facebook’s head of cyber security policy, said: “Some of the news is about the new virus as people expect, because that’s the key issue in today’s public debate. He added that the discussion about the coronavirus was still “quite limited” and was one of many themes posted on the fake Facebook page. A page called “Egyptian House” says Egypt is the safest country for tourists in 2020.
Another fake account network on Facebook has been linked to the Dorset region of France. These accounts share content in French on topics related to local news, such as municipal elections and immigration. The social network removed 51 Facebook accounts, nine pages and nine Instagram accounts linked to France. A Facebook page disguised as the news media Politico shared an article that read: “Why do you want to vote for S?bastien Pacull in the next municipal election?” “
On the same day that Facebook shared the new data, Twitter said it had deleted 20,348 accounts linked to Egypt, Honduras, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Serbia, which were receiving instructions from the government to share articles from suspicious news sites or promote pro-government content.
Mr Greschel said some of the accounts twitter deleted were related to the network that Facebook had deleted in 2019. Some Serbian-related accounts were deleted for violating Facebook’s spam policy. “Bad actors often use different platforms in different ways,” he says. “