On Thursday, Facebook said that the company had recognized and removed a bunch of fake profiles that included fake personas it said they were linked to Russian military intelligence.
The company’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said that, while all the profiles had not been basically aiming at the United States, there is a problem that profiles like this could be used in Russian influence actions as the United States presidential election of November comes closer.
Facebook said it had identified and shut down a network of fake accounts that included fictitious personas it said were tied to Russian military intelligence https://t.co/q939WM0nHj
— CNN International (@cnni) September 24, 2020
In 2016, the United States prosecutors say that Russian military intelligence set up a website and an account (Facebook) for DC Leaks with the help of online personas. Moreover, a pate that exposed and distributed hacked emails linked to the Hillary Clinton group. Besides this, the United States prosecutors described that Russia was responsible for the hacking.
It could be an upcoming issue for Facebook
Nathaniel Gleicher described that the company had not seen particular proof of a so-called ‘leak and hack’ operation, but it said that we do think, and he thinks a number of specialists think, realistically, this would be one of the dangers they should be ready for.
Facebook, the social media giant, said that the accounts it had closed had been basically monitoring on ‘the Far East, Russia’s neighboring territories, and Syria.
The company said that they frequently made posts about current events and news, including Turkish domestic politics, the Syrian civil war, NATO, geopolitical problems in the Asia Pacific region, the war in Ukraine, and politics in the Armenia, Ukraine, Baltics, Georgia, Belarus, Russia and the United States.
On Thursday, a spokesperson of Twitter told a media company, CNN, that Twitter also closed related profiles on its platform that it could ‘reliably attribute to state-linked entities’ in Russia.
Facebook described that it had proof that the campaign had posed as journalists to interact news companies, something, Nathaniel Gleicher said, the United States news reporters should be aware of in the last weeks of the election campaign.
The firm even said that it closed accounts linked to those people who have been linked with the IRA (Internet Research Agency), the popular Russian troll team that used social media as a weapon to try to interfere in the 2016 election.
At the start of the month, acquiring a tip from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Facebook shut down profiles to a website that was posing as an independent leftwing news company. Furthermore, Facebook continued that the website was also linked to the IRA.