It has recently been reported that Facebook has removed 35 accounts posing as Black Donald Trump supporters, but why?
According to a new report concerning Facebook’s July Enforcement activity, the company have removed multiple accounts posing as black supporters of US President Donald Trump.
The report reveals that 35 Facebook accounts, 3 pages and 88 Instagram accounts posing as Black Trump supporters.
Why did Facebook remove the 35 accounts?
Facebook removed these accounts for “violating our policy against foreign interference, which is coordinated inauthentic behaviour on behalf of a foreign entity.”
This was because the accounts originated from Romania and were posting to the social media platforms with hashtags like ‘BlackPeopleVoteForTrump’.
On Facebook, the pages had about 1,600 followers and over 7,200 people followed the pages on Instagram.
“The people behind this network used fake accounts — some of which had already been detected and disabled by our automated systems — to pose as Americans, amplify and comment on their own content, and manage Pages including some posing as President Trump fan Pages.” – Facebook.
Are there more accounts like this?
- Yes, but Facebook is becoming more efficient at removing these pages before their content is shared too broadly.
Unfortunately, fake and spam accounts are most likely always going to be an issue on social media.
However, the use of fake accounts originating in a foreign country to influence an upcoming US election is something that Facebook will be cracking down on in the lead up to November 3.
We will bring you more information on this story as it develops, so