Facebook shuts nine Bangladeshi pages, six accounts

Staff Correspondent | Published: 19:48, Dec 20,2018 | Updated: 21:08, Dec 20,2018


Facebook has taken down nine Bangladesh pages, which look like independent news outlets and post pro-government and anti-opposition content, and six more accounts for their coordinated inauthentic behaviour on its platform.

The social media platform found that people associated with Bangladesh government are connected to such activities.

Nathaniel Gleicher, head of Facebook’s cybersecurity policy, in a post on Facebook newsroom said, ‘Through our investigation, which began in part based on a tip from Graphika, a threat intelligence company that we work with, we discovered that these Pages were designed to look like independent news outlets and posted pro-government and anti-opposition content.’

‘Our investigation indicates that this activity is linked to individuals associated with the Bangladesh government. This kind of behavior is not allowed on Facebook under our misrepresentation policy because we don’t want people or organisations creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they are, or what they’re doing,’ he said.

‘As we have done with other investigations, we have shared our findings with the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Research Lab,’ he added.

‘We are continuously working to uncover this kind of abuse. Today’s announcement of the removal of these Pages is just one of the many steps we have taken to prevent bad actors from misrepresenting themselves to manipulate civic discourse. We will continue to invest heavily in safety and security in order to keep bad actors off of our platform and provide a place for people to connect meaningfully about the things that matter to them,’ said Nathaniel Gleicher.

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