Facebook Inc. removed a network of more than 500 Instagram accounts that originated in Russia and targeted audiences in support of anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny, according to a new report from the social media company.
The campaign relied on fake accounts to post critical or irrelevant content with hashtags associated with protests in January that backed the imprisoned opposition leader, a phenomenon known as hashtag poisoning, said Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy. The process involves posting irrelevant or critical content to drown out relevant information and redirect the conversation. In some cases, fake users posted memes suggesting protesters got Covid-19.
Facebook’s automatic systems often detected and removed the fake accounts, prompting the bad actors to create new ones, so there were never 500 accounts in operation at the same time, Gleicher said.
The social media campaign targeted domestic audiences throughout demonstrations attended by tens of thousands of protesters in dozens of cities over the weekends of Jan. 23 and 31. The protests provoked a violent response from authorities, who accuse Navalny of working with foreign governments to try to destabilize the regime.
A video on my YouTube channel showing a violent protester of North Caucasus origin fighting the police was removed on grounds that violence is not allowed on the website. However, my channel contains other videos that could be interpreted as violent, why was this chosen? Maybe because it was posted shortly after the protests and would conflict with the Western media narrative of the protesters being “mostly peaceful.” My Twitter account was suspended because I criticized Navalny. And this leads me to believe that there was a command from somewhere to censor any critical content related to Alexey Navalny.
I am loving this fight…
Several countries around the world want to force companies such as Facebook to pay for links to media outlets posted on their site, and I do not know what to think. I think this fight is beautiful. You have the dinosaur media that are struggling financially against greedy American tech giants, and I don’t know who to support in this fight. The dinosaur media are notorious liars and the social media companies are not reliable providers of services. Facebook shutting off news in Australia should be a wakeup call that relying on Facebook for anything is a road to hell. Your business should be the last thing dependent on Facebook. Facebook might censor you, and you should absolutely delete that application and find ways to live without it. And this goes for Twitter too…
So, my recent post about Boris Nemtsov earned me a 30 day Zucc on Facebook, and I once again deactivated my profile because of this injustice…
I lasted like 5 days on Facebook this time.
I deactivated my Facebook profile last month, my reasons were that I received a 30 day ban for an eight month old post that nobody was seeing. I took it as a clear sign of persecution of my online persona, and refused to use this website.
A number of people I know have deleted their profiles for psychological reasons. Social media is not for everyone. But more recently I came upon another group of people quitting Facebook. American liberals are not happy because the website is not persecuting the right-wingers enough. Their granddaddy, George Soros recently complained Facebook is in cahoots with the Trump campaign. Soros also added that the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg ought to leave the board of the company.
I am amazed, Facebook censored the right-wingers so much, only to be stabbed in the back by the liberals. The following screenshots come from this thread:
And now for some cartoons:
I have recently deactivated my last remaining Facebook profile.
Facebook is not a reliable communication platform. I recently received a 30 day ban for a post I made 8 months ago. This came hours after I posted the Jakub Janda Dossier.
I posted a link to a Slovak website that said the Czech parliamentarian Michaela Krausová did lesbian porn for the Dutch porn studio Club Seventeen…
The link is here.
I was zucced instantly, this suggests the link is on some list of prohibited sites, even though the raunchy photos were all censored. The liberal admins of Facebook may be protecting the Czech Pirate Party from bad publicity.