Facebook and Instagram removed more than 500 pages and accounts linked to Russian operations. Part of those pages operated in Georgia.
According to the press release published by social network company, these pages and accounts were linked to employees of Sputnik, a news agency based in Moscow, and they were removed for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior.
“Today we removed 364 Facebook Pages and accounts for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior as part of a network that originated in Russia and operated in the Baltics, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Central and Eastern European countries. Separately, based on an initial tip from US law enforcement, we also removed 107 Facebook Pages, Groups, and accounts, as well as 41 Instagram accounts, for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior as part of a network that originated in Russia and operated in Ukraine”, – the statement reads.
As social network company notes, the company has already shared information about the investigation with US law enforcement, the US Congress, other technology companies, and policymakers in impacted countries.