Facebook’s Content Removal Efforts Zeroed In on the Middle East

Pages, groups and accounts from the UAE, Egypt and Saudi Arabia were pulled


Facebook removed multiple pages, groups and accounts that were involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior from two operations in the Middle East—one originating in the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, and the other in Saudi Arabia.

Head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher said in a Newsroom post that the two groups were not connected, and information about the social network’s findings was shared with law enforcement, industry partners and policymakers.

The first group consisted of 259 Facebook accounts, 102 pages, five groups, four events and 17 Instagram accounts, and its content focused on countries including Libya, Sudan, Comoros, Qatar, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Morocco.

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