Facebook removes Russian network targeting targets for selling anti-VX messages

August 10 (Reuters) – Facebook (FBC) said on Tuesday that it was linked to a marketing company that was registering influencers to push for COVID-19 jabs anti-vaccine content.

The social media company said it had blocked accounts linked to Fazzz, a subsidiary of the UK-based marketing company Adnov, in violation of its foreign policy. He said the Facebook campaign was used primarily to target targets in India, Latin America and the United States.

Investigators called the campaign a “non-existent laundry” campaign, creating misleading articles and complaints on forums such as Reddit, Medium and Change.org, and using fake tags on forums such as Facebook and Instagram. While most of the campaign was on Facebook, the main thing seemed to be to engage with paid influencers, and these posts attracted “somewhat” attention.

False claims and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and its vaccines have been circulating on social media in recent months. Major technology companies, such as Facebook, have been criticized by US lawmakers and the administration of President Joe Biden, who say the spread of dogs online makes it difficult to fight the epidemic.

Facebook’s connection to Russia began in By 2020, fake tags may have originated in India and Pakistan, which appear to be based in India. He said the network will convert people to chimpanzees in Australia in November and December 2020. Astrazeneka COVID-19 vaccine will be used to post comments and comments on the forums, often using 1968 “Monkey Planet” scenes.

Along with the “spam” campaign, Facebook said that several health and safety influencers have shared hashtags and requests on Instagram. He said this could be part of a strategy to work with operators.

In May 2021, after five months of inactivity, Facebook began to question the safety of the Pfizer vaccine by pushing the AstraZeneca document “hijacked and leaked”. According to Facebook investigators, the two levels of activity coincided with a time when several governments were discussing emergency vaccines.

According to media reports, Fazzz has spoken to influencers in YouTube, Instagram and Texco in several countries and asked them to push for anti-vaccine content, but two French and German influencers launched a campaign earlier this year to launch an investigation into the company.

Adnov did not immediately respond to a comment from Reuters. Reuters could not immediately be reached for comment.

Researchers have found that they have increased the number of “recruitment” influence campaigns and deception of real online personalities in order to deliver messages to these influential viewers.

Facebook said it had downloaded 65 Facebook accounts and 243 Instagram accounts as part of its Facebook-related operation. 24,000 accounts reported following one or more Instagram accounts. He said the company had no questions about the campaign, such as who ordered Faze to run it.

In a report released on Tuesday, Facebook said it had removed a network of individuals linked to the Myanmar military and targeting audiences in the country. The operation used duplicate and fake accounts, with some pretending to be members of the opposition and members of the opposition, while others began running for military Facebook pages.

The social network blocked Myanmar’s war on Facebook and Instagram in February; After the military took power in a coup. Read more

Report by Elizabeth Coolford in Birmingham, England; Additional report by Polina Ivanova in Moscow; Edited by Nick Ziminsky

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