March 12, Facebook detected and took down 49 accounts and 69 pages on its platform, as well as over eighty Instagram profiles used for foreign interference. The network was just starting to build following.
Their content mainly focused on controversial topics, such as racial discrimination, LGBTQ issues in the US, and also included some US news. Facebook states that CNN journalists helped their investigation.
It’s important for The Social Network to detect and stop this kind of activity in order to prevent manipulation and misuse of the platform by other nations that aims to influence the political discussion in the US, or any other country. The individuals behind these accounts and pages were linked to Russian IRA, organization that has been already banned from Facebook.
This was the kind of content posted on these accounts and pages: