Facebook Has Removed Fake Accounts From A Washington PR Firm And Russian Trolls - 2020-09-01
For the first time, Facebook has removed fake accounts, groups, and Instagram profiles run by a US-based PR firm, the company said in a new report. Facebook also removed fake accounts run from Russia that aimed to influence politics around the world — including the US presidential election — and fake accounts in Pakistan that sought to tamp down domestic dissent.
According to Facebook, Washington, DC–based PR company CLS Strategies ran 26 fake Facebook accounts, 36 fake Instagram accounts, and 46 pages across platforms, spending about $3.6 million on advertising.
CLS Strategies did not respond to questions about the fake entities, but said, "CLS has a long tradition of doing international work, including on social media, to promote free and open elections and to oppose oppressive regimes, and we take seriously our commitment to adhering to the fast-evolving policies of Facebook and other social media platforms."