6 Key Points from Facebook’s Crackdown on ‘Inauthentic’ Accounts

6 Key Points from Facebook’s Crackdown on ‘Inauthentic’ Accounts, by Allum Bokhari.

Earlier today, Facebook announced the banning of 32 political pages and accounts suspected of “co-ordinated inauthentic behavior” linked to foreign agents.

Facebook said over 290,000 users followed at least one of the pages, the earliest of which was created in March 2017. Here are the key points from the social network’s announcement:

1. The pages were left-wing

The pages identified as “inauthentic” were all of the far left. They included pages such as “Resisters,” “Black Elevation,” and “Aztlan Warriors.” The pages repeated progressive talking points and set up real-world events aimed at rallying genuine left-wing activists. …

This is consistent with Russian propaganda on Facebook during the 2016 election, which included both pro-Trump and anti-Trump activity. (Democrats continue to dishonestly claim that Russian social media propaganda exclusively helped Trump.) …

3. There’s insufficient evidence to prove Russia is responsible (yet)

hat-tip Stephen Neil