US military creating fake Facebook and Instagram accounts, Meta says

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Parent company Meta has said that the US military is creating fake accounts on Facebook and Instagram in an attempt to trick people.

Meta’s security experts found “several clusters” of fake accounts on the platform that apparently masqueraded as legitimate accounts.

The accounts were present not only on Meta’s own platform, but also on several other networks including Twitter, YouTube and Telegram.

Over a series of years, they were used to advance pro-Western narratives around the world, according to an investigation by the campaign.

“While the individuals behind this operation attempted to conceal their identity and coordination, our investigation found links to individuals affiliated with the US military,” Meta said in its latest ‘Adversarial Threat Report’. Misleading campaign.

The post focused on several countries, it said: Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

But they also proved largely unsuccessful. “Most of the posts in this operation had little or no engagement with authentic communities,” it said.

It added that some of them were detected and deactivated by automated systems before they could be checked by humans.

According to an academic report on the campaigns announced earlier this year, the expulsions took place in July and August this year.

That report, written by independent researchers from Graphika and the Stanford Internet Observatory, said the accounts were pushing anti-Western and anti-Russian messages, for example, and directing people to US military websites.

But the campaign “also shows the limits of using inauthentic tactics to generate engagement and influence online”, the researchers said. Most posts received a small amount of engagement: the average tweet received 0.49 likes and 0.02 retweets, it said, and the two most popular accounts actually announced their ties to the US military.

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