Meta uncovers US military-linked propaganda campaign — RT World News

The covert operation promoting pro-American and anti-Russian narratives has been debunked by researchers before

Facebook’s parent company, Meta, has acknowledged the discovery of a number of clusters of fake accounts and pages allegedly linked to individuals. “linked with the US military,” according to the company’s latest adversarial threat report published this week.

“Although the people behind this operation have attempted to conceal their identities and coordination, our investigation has found links to individuals with ties to the US military,” company speak in a blog post on Tuesday.

The influence campaign was discovered earlier this year, and in total Meta removed 39 Facebook and 26 Instagram accounts, as well as 16 Pages and two groups, all of which violated its policy against “coordinated dishonest behavior.”

The social media giant acknowledged that the large-scale activity went beyond those few dozen accounts and across many other internet platforms, including Twitter, YouTube and Telegram, as well as major Russian social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki. It clearly tried to downplay the discovery by emphasizing that “the majority of posts by this activity have little or no engagement from authentic communities” and highlight the same “scam campaign” of China and Russia.

Meta’s admission corroborates a controversial Washington Post investigation that revealed the Pentagon was forced to launch an investigation. “comprehensive examination of how it conducts covert information warfare,” after multiple social media accounts, which its operators used to target foreign audiences in sophisticated psychological warfare efforts, were exposed.

The takedown of the influence network was initially highlighted by researchers at Graphika and the Stanford Internet Observatory, who in August published a report on online networks allegedly pushing “pro-Western,” anti-Russian and other politicized narratives.

While the initial study did not blame the fake accounts on any specific actors, two officials later told the Post that US CENTCOM — the combat command that oversees forces in the Middle East , North Africa and Central Asia – “among those whose activities are facing scrutiny” for its influence activities.

At the time, CENTCOM declined to comment on whether any suspicious accounts were created by their employees or contractors, but an official claimed such conduct would “a complete violation of the teaching and training practice.”

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