Facebook has locked a network of several Hundred of Russia organized pages and Accounts, which were in former Soviet republics and in Eastern Europe. Behind the 289 Facebook pages and 75 Accounts of employees of the Russian media Agency would have been Sputnik, said Facebook on Thursday. Sputnik is regarded in the West as a Propaganda tool of the Kremlin.

The pages had pretended to be, for example, travel, Sport or business focused, is it from Facebook. Some of them had disseminated Anti-Nato mood or posted content, protest movements, or corruption. Around 790,000 Facebook users had subscribed to one or more of these pages. Since 2013, the page should have bought the operator to Display the value of about 135,000 dollars.

the channels were, as in similar cases in the United States between the summer of 2015 and the beginning of 2019, around 190 events announced, it is said of Facebook. It is unclear, however, whether any of these Events could have actually taken place.

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In his message on the subject emphasises the Facebook pages and Accounts had not been because of the published content is blocked, but because there were Fake accounts. The pages contributed to the network, according to names such as “Georgia and Religion”, “the Baltic States and Russia: friends or enemies?” and “Good night, white Russia”.

Facebook had been blocked in the past few years already in other countries, hundreds of pages and Accounts which are to be operated from Russia, in order to manipulate public opinion in the West. The activity was first noticed in the Wake of the US presidential election campaign in 2016, its extent was not clear until later. The Russian government dismissed the allegation, such responsible Online activity, always.

Facebook had already given Wednesday is known that in Ukraine in the run-up to the presidential election at the end of March, no Ads political ads from outside of the country permitted. In Europe the election campaign, political Ads would be released only from Facebook, if the Client is identified and its location communicated. In addition, the company wants to set up as in the United States a public, searchable archive of political Ads.

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