Fb Eliminated A Chinese language Propaganda Community Focusing on The Philippines, Southeast Asia, And The US
Facebook has announced the removal of two networks that use false identities to promote government lies.
The first network was in China. Although it was targeted at the US, its main target was the Philippines and Southeast Asian countries. This is the second time that Facebook has deleted pages related to the campaign, the company said, and this time people using it used a VPN to try to hide their name.
“Although the perpetrators tried to hide their identity and solidarity, our investigation found that they were in contact with people in the Fujian province of China,” Facebook said in a statement announcing the move.
The fake job was for pages and Instagram accounts, but its main purpose was to post lies on Facebook that are used to promote the content. Historians “consider themselves local,” it said.
The networks were targeted at the US, but that was not their main goal. Recorded accounts of potential Democratic President Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg as well as President Donald Trump, both of whom were supportive and critical.
These false accounts were also used to “like and comment on other people’s writings, especially those related to naval vessels in the South China Sea, including US Navy vessels.”
Maritime activities are the main focus of the people living in Southeast Asia, as well as the writings that have helped Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
Overall, the network affected nearly 194,000 people and cost $ 60 on advertising using Chinese yuan. Six Instagram accounts, nine groups, and 115 Facebook accounts were removed.
The second network removed by Facebook came from the Philippines. There were 31 pages, 57 Facebook accounts, and 20 Instagram accounts.
Facebook investigated false networks after being notified by Rappler, an independent organization targeted by Duterte. The media networks support the President of the Philippines and have written various political articles, which support his work between 2019 and 2020.
“Although the perpetrators tried to hide their identity, our investigation found contact with the Philippine military and the Philippine police,” the Facebook statement said.
Those organizations spent $ 1,100 advertising on the platform.