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Face­book con­tin­ued its crack­down on inau­then­tic activ­i­ty on its social media plat­forms with the removal of hun­dreds of pages and accounts orig­i­nat­ing in Israel that tar­get­ed sev­er­al African nations.

The social media plat­form removed 265 Face­book and Insta­gram accounts, pages, events and groups for “coor­di­nat­ed inau­then­tic behav­ior,” accord­ing to a blog post on Thurs­day by Nathaniel Gle­ich­er, head of cyber­se­cu­ri­ty pol­i­cy for the com­pa­ny. This behav­ior orig­i­nat­ed in Israel and tar­get­ed Nige­ria, Sene­gal, Togo, Ango­la, Niger and Tunisia along with some activ­i­ty in Latin Amer­i­ca and South­east Asia using $812,000 of Face­book ads paid for with Brazil­ian, Israeli and US mon­ey from Decem­ber 2012 to April 2019.

These accounts were behind var­i­ous polit­i­cal activ­i­ties and attempt to spread dis­in­for­ma­tion in the tar­get­ed coun­tries. Face­book said some of the actions were com­mit­ted by an Israeli com­mer­cial enti­ty known as Archimedes Group, which was a repeat offend­er for this kind of behav­ior and is now banned from the social net­work.

Face­book has been try­ing to weed out mis­in­for­ma­tion cam­paigns that are designed to deep­en polit­i­cal divi­sions from its plat­forms. In March, the social media plat­form took down 2,632 Russ­ian and Iran­ian accounts because of “coor­di­nat­ed inau­then­tic behav­ior.” Then in April, Face­book removed 687 pages based in India and Pak­istan for sim­i­lar activ­i­ty.

Face­book did­n’t imme­di­ate­ly respond to a request for com­ment. 

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