Facebook removes troll network posing as Black Trump supporters

Facebook removes troll network posing as Black Trump supporters

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Facebook deleted dozens of accounts it said were part of a troll farm pretending to be African-American in support of President Donald Trump and QAnon supporters, the company said, for violating its policy of coordinated inauthentic behavior.

According to a report on its law enforcement activity in July, Facebook deleted 35 Facebook accounts, three pages, and 88 Instagram accounts for “violating our policy against foreign interference, which is coordinated inauthentic behavior on behalf of a foreign entity.” The activity by the pro-Trump network originated in Romania, Facebook said, and was posted on Instagram using hashtags such as “BlackPeopleVoteForTrump.” The page has about 1,600 followers on Facebook, and about 7,200 people follow Instagram accounts.

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Facebook described the network in its report:

The people behind this network used fake accounts — some of which had already been detected and disabled by our automated systems — to pose as Americans, amplify and comment on their own content, and manage Pages including some posing as President Trump fan Pages. This network posted about US domestic news and events, including the upcoming November election, the Trump campaign and support for the campaign by African Americans, conservative ideology, Christian beliefs, and Qanon. They also frequently reposted stories by American conservative news networks and the Trump campaign.

Facebook also deleted several hundred fake accounts linked to the conservative media organization Epoch Media Group, which it says spread conspiracy theories about the coronavirus. The network includes 303 Facebook accounts, 181 pages, 44 Facebook groups, and 31 Instagram accounts, which have a combined 2 million followers.

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According to a Facebook report, the fake account was linked to TruthMedia, a digital outlet that has been banned from the platform. As well as misinformation about the coronavirus and the protests in the US, the account is fueling various conspiracy theories.

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