Meta Pulls Down China Based Network Exploiting US Midterms

Meta Pulls Down China Based Network Exploiting US Midterms
  • Facebook’s parent company Meta Platforms Inc META, disrupted a China-based network of accounts seeking to influence U.S. politics ahead of the 2022 midterms.
  • The covert influence operation used accounts on Facebook and Instagram posing as Americans to post hot-button issues ranging from abortion, gun control, and high-profile politicians like President Biden and Sen. Marco Rubio, the Washington Post reports.
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  • The network, which focused on the U.S. and the Czech Republic, posted from the fall of 2021 through the summer of 2022. 
  • The network failed to gain much traction or user engagement. The influence operation often posted content in low volumes during working hours in China.
  • The network reportedly aimed to influence U.S. users about American topics months ahead of the 2022 contests.
  • China recently emerged as a potent outlet for disinformation and propaganda on social media, the report added. 
  • The operation posted these narratives across multiple social media channels, including Telegram, Twitter Inc TWTR, Facebook, Instagram, and websites like Change.org and Avaaz.com.
  • Meta reportedly began investigating that operation after reviewing public reporting on some of the network’s activity by investigative journalists in Germany.
  • Earlier, Meta chose to stick to the 2020 general election tactics for the U.S. midterms to handle political ads and fight misinformation.
  • Price Action: META shares traded higher by 0.59% at $137.19 on the last check Tuesday.
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