Facebook on Monday said it taken away 103 Pages, Groups and accounts on both its platform and Instagram for doing coordinated inauthentic behaviour against India together with a military-backed network that came in Pakistan.
The people used fake accounts to perform military fan Pages, general Pakistani interest Pages, Kashmir community Pages and hobby and news Pages.
“They also frequently posted about local and political news including topics like the Indian government, political leaders and military,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy at Facebook, said to the media for the period of a telephonic conversation.
“Although the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their identities, our investigation found that it was linked to employees of the ISPR (Inter-Service Public Relations) of the Pakistani military,” he added.
As a whole, there were twenty-four Pages, 57 Facebook accounts, 7 Groups,
Close to, 2.8 million accounts followed one or more of such Pages, about 4,700 accounts joined at least one of these groups, and around 1,050 accounts followed several of these Instagram accounts.
“Around $1,100 in spending for ads on Facebook paid for in US dollars and Pakistani rupees. The first ad ran in May 2015 and the most recent ad ran in December 2018,” told Facebook.
The accounts uploaded on Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and the Indian Air Force, among further references.