Facebook Removed Fake Accounts Connected To Roger Stone, Proud Boys, And PR Firms - 2020-07-09
Facebook announced it removed hundreds of fake accounts attributed to four different information operations on Wednesday. Two of the operations were tied to professional PR or advertising firms, and one of them was connected to former Trump adviser Roger Stone. According to the company, the four operations spent over $3.5 million on advertising.
The network associated with Stone consisted of 50 Facebook pages, 54 accounts, and four Instagram pages. It was also associated with the Proud Boys, a far-right men's rights group that the social media company banned in 2018 for breaking "policies against hate organizations and figures."
According to the release, people in the network posed as Florida residents and made "their own content to make it appear more popular than it is." It spent about $308,000 on ads and purchased fake followers from Pakistan and Egypt.