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Facebook: Accounts Of Nigerians, Egyptians And Others Axed By The Company

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Social media platform, Facebook

has removed hundreds of accounts, pages, and groups from its platform over coordinated inauthentic behavior.

A total of 443 Facebook accounts, 125 accounts, and 200 pages were removed. They originated from the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, , and Indonesia.

In a post on Thursday, September 4, Facebook revealed that an operation was sharing local news in targeted countries, promoting content about and criticizing Qatar, , and Iran.

A second operation engaged in domestic-focused coordinated inauthentic behavior in Indonesia with fake accounts spreading support for the independence movement in West Papua province as others posted criticism of it.

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The third operation had its origin in Egypt and focused on Somalia, Yemen, , Sudan, , Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, and Qatar.

The fake accounts posted domestic news and political topics and content in support of UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.

The pages which were removed were followed by over 7 million accounts and about 193,000 individuals followed one or more of the Instagram accounts.

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