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Meta Removes Fake Accounts Tied to Pro-US Influence Campaign

  • Twitter, Instagram among sites used in propaganda effort
  • Operation included inauthentic personas, fabricated news sites
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A covert online persuasion campaign to cast the US and its allies in a positive light in the Middle East and Central Asia -- as well as to bash its adversaries -- was disrupted by Meta Platforms Inc. and Twitter Inc., which have removed the “inauthentic” accounts from their platforms, according to internet researchers.

The campaign resembled previous online campaigns by US adversaries such as Russia, China and Iran in its use of fake personas and bogus media outlets, among other tactics. The US has criticized those countries for using online campaigns to spread false information.