Facebook, in its latest announcement, said that it has removed multiple accounts involved what it termed as “coordinated inauthentic behavior” on both its Facebook and Instagram platforms and it caught across several countries
Nigeria, UAE, Egypt, and Indonesia are four of the affected countres that Facebook listed in a publication, dated Thursday, 3rd of October. According to the tech giant, some users across the respective countries have been indulging in what is termed as “coordinated inauthentic behavior” on two of the company’s popular platforms- Facebook and Instagram, hence resulting in the mass removal of such accounts.
Coordinated inauthentic behavior is defined by Facebook as “when groups of pages or people work together to mislead others about who they are or what they’re doing,” as outlined by Facebook head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, in a post from December 2018.
While Facebook has been faced with more scrutiny and criticism with respect to security by various authorities recently than ever, it is no longer taking chances on any activity that could sprout another round of investigation on its activities. Deleting the several accounts found guilty of compromising its policy is one of the many approaches that Facebook is using to ensure safety on its platform, and that is exactly what it did in the four countries that were earlier mentioned.
Speaking on its actions, Gleicher, told that; “We removed multiple Pages, Groups, and accounts that were involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram,”
“We found three separate operations: one of which originated in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Nigeria, and the other two in Indonesia and Egypt.” Nathaniel further stated in a post published on Thursday, the 3rd of October.
Moving forward, Gleicher said the removal of the various account is not due to the contents that were posted on them, rather, it was based of their behavior, which in this case is most likely unlawful.
“In each of these cases, the people behind this activity coordinated with one another and used fake accounts to misrepresent themselves, and that was the basis of our action,” Gleicher said.
According to a reliable source, Folio.ng, several pages had been removed already and followed by the removal of not less than 7 million accounts across the four countries. Also, the movie was also extended to Facebook-owned Instagram where several groups and accounts were also terminated. Facebook will only continue in this path unless there is little or no tendency for questionings by the various government and authorities that have always raised concerns with respect to users’ security on the platform.