Facebook Owner Meta Says It Is Considering Measures To Curb Russian Government Disinformation

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April 7 (Reuters) – Facebook owner Meta (FB.O) shut down hacking campaigns, influence networks and scam operations amid the war in Ukraine, according to a report released on Thursday by the social media company. , which also said it was reviewing additional steps to address misinformation on Russian government pages.

“We are constantly reviewing our policies based on the evolving situation on the ground and are now actively reviewing additional steps to address misinformation and deception coming from the pages of the Russian government,” said Meta Global Affairs President Nick Clegg, on a call with reporters

Russia has battled big tech companies to control online information flows after its February 24 invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “special military operation.” It has banned Facebook and Instagram, and throttled Twitter (TWTR.N) by slowing down its service. Twitter said this week that it will not expand or recommend Russian government accounts to users. Read more

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In its first quarterly adversarial threat report, Meta said Russian and Belarusian government-linked actors had engaged in cyber espionage and covert online influence operations, including an influence operation linked to the Belarusian KGB.

He said there were other ongoing attempts by networks that he had previously disrupted, including additional efforts by threat actor Ghostwriter to hack into the Facebook accounts of dozens of Ukraine military members. Read more

Meta said in the report that it had also taken down a network of some 200 accounts operated from Russia that coordinated to falsely report people, mostly in Ukraine and Russia, for offenses such as hate speech or bullying.

The mass information was mostly coordinated in a cooking-themed Facebook group that had about 50 members when Meta took it down in March.

Meta said it also removed tens of thousands of accounts, pages and groups that were trying to use the war in Ukraine to scam users and make money by directing people to ad-filled websites or selling them merchandise. She said spammers around the world had used tactics like streaming live gameplay videos or reposting popular content, including videos from other people from Ukraine, to pretend they were sharing live updates on the crisis.

Meta detailed other takedowns, including the takedown of two Iranian cyberespionage operations, an influence campaign in Brazil that posed as environmental activists advocating deforestation in the Amazon, and a network in the Philippines that took credit for taking down and defacing news websites.

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Reporting from Elizabeth Culliford in New York; Edited by Sandra Maler

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