According to Meta's latest enemy-threat analysis, “individuals associated with the US military” are linked to an online misinformation effort. According to independent experts, the work was the first pro-US covert propaganda program to be eliminated by a major tech company.
While the program supported the United States and its allies, it opposed countries such as Iran, China and Russia. But experts claimed it was generally ineffective.
26 accounts on Instagram, 39 accounts, 16 pages and two groups on Facebook were deleted on the grounds that they violated the terms of service prohibiting “organized unrealistic behavior”. According to Meta, this network first started in the United States.
The studies focused on countries such as Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Yemen. He used the following strategies often used in propaganda operations against the West:
- Fake IDs or accounts
- Artificially created images
- Campaigns on multiple platforms
- Modified photo of the actress
Accounts targeting Iran blog about topics like women's rights and criticize Iranian authorities and policies, according to analysts.
Some in favor of the US acted as independent media sites, while others tried to republish articles from reliable sources such as BBC News Russian as their own.
According to Meta, various online platforms were used in the operation, including Twitter, YouTube, Telegram, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki.
Although the perpetrators of this operation have made efforts to conceal their names and coordination, their report states that "our investigation has discovered links to individuals affiliated with the US military."
However, most of the posts had "little or no engagement" from real users.
When the campaign was first made public, Andy Carvin, executive editor of the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Investigation Lab, told the BBC that launching such a campaign would be "ineffective and counterproductive" for democracies because it would use "tactics of your enemies" and would "repress public trust." He said it would mean to erode even more.
The Washington Post's earlier reporting is supported by Meta's disclosure. Concern about the operation prompted the Pentagon to launch a "comprehensive investigation" into how the US military was conducting classified information warfare, according to sources.
According to a statement to BBC News, the US Department of Defense is “aware of the research published by Meta”.
The statement continues: “At this time, we have no further comment on the report or possible ministerial measures that could be taken in response to the research.
Source: BBC News
Günceleme: 28/11/2022 12:48