Facebook blocks anti-vaccine fake news campaign

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec6,2023 #campaign #Facebook
Facebook blocks anti-vaccine fake news campaign 2
Facebook blocks anti-vaccine fake news campaign 2

The world’s leading social network Facebook announced on August 10 that it had labeled the campaign to spread anti-Covid-19 information as a `false news cleaning operation` that seeks to whitewash fake news through the accounts of wealthy people.

Ben Nimmo, Facebook’s head of global threat intelligence, said influencers are often tricked into sharing false information when they don’t do their own research.

Facebook’s logo on a mobile phone screen, behind a wallpaper illustrating nCoV in Arlington, Virginia, USA, March 25, 2020.

A Facebook representative said that in July, the company deleted 65 accounts on Facebook and 243 accounts on Instagram that posted photos related to the anti-vaccine campaign, and banned Fazze from operating.

According to Nimmo, the campaign targets mainly India and Latin America, but also targets the US, while governments are debating approving pandemic vaccines.

Late last year, a network of fake accounts sought to spread a fake meme claiming that the AstraZeneca vaccine would turn humans into chimpanzees.

The campaign leveraged online platforms including Reddit, Medium, Change.org and Facebook, creating multiple misleading posts, then providing influencers with links, hashtags

`It operates as a cross-platform information laundromat,` Nimmo said.

The campaign was exposed by influential people in France and Germany, who questioned the claims made in Fazze’s promotional emails, after which the press became involved.

Facebook said the fake news campaign appeared to be fruitless, as most Instagram posts received no `likes` and petitions in English and Hindi on Change.org received no `likes`.

According to Gleicher, Facebook’s security department noticed a trend of fake news spreading activities that often target many social networking platforms and try to recruit reputable people with many followers to spread fake news.

`When these activities target influencers, they often do not provide them with the full content or identity of the person providing the information,` Gleicher said.

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