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Meta Blocks ‘Inauthentic’ Pages, Groups From Russia and China

  • Russian organization had spread posts critical of Ukraine
  • Group spent more than $100,000 on Facebook, Instagram ads

Meta Platforms Inc. has blocked thousands of “inauthentic” accounts, pages and groups from Facebook and Instagram that originated in Russia and spread propaganda about that country’s war with Ukraine.

The network of accounts, which started in May, “criticized Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees, praised Russia and argued that Western sanctions on Russia would backfire,” the social media giant said Tuesday. The group behind the accounts created 60 websites “carefully impersonating legitimate news organizations in Europe,” Meta said.