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.

Gleicher said compromised and fake accounts were used to run pages, spread content, comment in groups and artificially boost engagement, and people in this UAE- and Egypt-based group also impersonated public figures and managed pages that posed as local news organizations.




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