Menlo Park Of the Facebook group Meta launched Russia’s largest campaign of disinformation in its war of aggression against the Ukraine stopped. Fake articles were distributed via a network of hundreds of accounts claiming to come from the “Spiegel”, the “Bild-Zeitung” and the British newspaper “The Guardian”, among others.
It also warned of Ukrainian refugees, as Meta wrote in a report published on Tuesday. It was also claimed that the sanctions against Russia would only harm the West itself.
The network included over 1600 accounts and a good 700 pages Facebook and around 30 profiles on the group’s photo and video platform Instagram. Besides Germany, it also took users in France, Italy, Great Britain and targeting Ukraine.
Only about 4000 accounts are one of the FacebookPages of the network followed, while operators spent around $105,000 on advertising. In addition, some of the content was also distributed by Facebook profiles of Russian embassies.
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While Meta considers it proven based on evaluated information that the campaign was operated from Russia, the group did not provide any further information on who exactly could be behind it there.
At the same time, Meta also blocked a Chinese account network that public opinion in the United States tried to influence with a view to the parliamentary elections in early November.
Meta emphasized that both campaigns were stopped early before they reached many users. But the Chinese activities in particular were different from previous campaigns from the country, since this time it was specified that the accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter came from Americans. They represented both conservative and liberal points of view.