| SAN FRANCISCO-Facebook announced Wednesday that the delete for misinformation coordinated dozens of accounts in several countries, in particular some related to the brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro and who, even recently, have been publishing messages on the pandemic COVID-19.
This network of “action inauthentic coordinated” in Brazil, focused on an audience of domestic and, “even if the authors have attempted to conceal their identities and coordination, our investigation has found links with persons linked to the social liberal Party” of the president of the brazilian extreme right, as well as the entourage of Jair Bolsonaro himself and his sons Eduardo and Flavio, says Nathaniel Gleicher, responsible for the security policy of Facebook.
The american group has, therefore, deleted 35 accounts Facebook, fourteen pages and a group, as well as 38 accounts on its subsidiary Instagram, having generated a total of 1500 dollars of advertising revenue.
Approximately 883 000 accounts followed one or more of these pages, 350 accounts had joined this group, and approximately 917 000 people followed one or more of the profiles Instagram.
Mr. Gleicher said that Facebook had also removed accounts for misinformation coordinated having their origin in Canada, Ecuador, Ukraine, and the United States, but with themes ranging sometimes beyond their borders.
“Specialist of dirty tricks”
In the United States, these are old pages of Roger Stone, a very close companion of road of the american president Donald Trump, which have been deleted.
It is the recent publication of the documents collected during the investigation of the special prosecutor Robert Mueller on the interference of Russia in the presidential election of 2016 which has allowed the bloodhounds of Facebook to measure the extent of the network created by Roger Stone, a longtime friend of the american president, a character as colorful as sulphur.
They were closed in the name of “behavior inauthentic coordinated”.
“We want to ensure that these means – for the most part dormant – cannot be reactivated and used in the coming election” in November, said Mr. Gleicher.
The platform, which had already discovered a part of the network by investigating the attempts of the Proud Boys, a right-wing group banned from the network in 2018, has blocked dozens of accounts and pages, themselves followed by 260 000 subscribers, as well as 4 accounts on Instagram. This network of disinformation was the most active between 2015 and 2017.
It is within the scope of the investigation, Mueller Roger Stone – who is a self-proclaimed “specialist of dirty tricks” and wears a tattoo of Richard Nixon between the shoulder blades – has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for perjury.
The first social network in the world to make clear that these accounts do not have spent that $ 308,000 by advertisements and were paid in dollars.