Facebook removed dozens of accounts allegedly part of a troll farm pretending to be African American in support of President Donald Trump and QAnon’s supporters for violating their guidelines on coordinated phony behavior.
According to a report of enforcement activities in July, Facebook removed 35 Facebook accounts, three Pages, and 88 Instagram accounts for “violating our guidelines on foreign interference coordinating improper conduct on behalf of a foreign company.” The Pro-Trump network’s activities originated in Romania, Facebook said, and were posted on Instagram with hashtags such as “BlackPeopleVoteForTrump”. The pages had around 1
Facebook described the network in its report:
The folks behind this network used fake accounts – some of which have already been detected and disabled by our automated systems – to impersonate Americans, add and comment on their own content, and manage pages, including some who claim to be fan- Output pages from President Trump. This network covered domestic news and events in the United States, including the upcoming November election, the Trump campaign, and support for the campaign from African American, conservative ideology, Christian beliefs, and Qanon. They also frequently published stories from American conservative news networks and the Trump campaign.
Facebook also removed several hundred fake accounts affiliated with the conservative media organization Epoch Media Group, which spreads conspiracy theories about the coronavirus. This network comprised 303 Facebook accounts, 181 pages, 44 Facebook groups and 31 Instagram accounts, which together had 2 million followers.
According to the Facebook report, the fake accounts were linked to TruthMedia, a digital outlet that has been banned from the platform. In addition to misinformation about the coronavirus and protests in the United States, the reports advanced various conspiracy theories.