Meta And Twitter Take Down Web Of Propaganda Accounts That Spread Pro-West Narratives

Meta and Twitter have recently made a startling discovery comprising propaganda accounts. These were shown to spread so much hate, negativity, and criticism against countries that don’t support the West.

Therefore, the accounts shown were proven to not be fans of nations like China, Iran, and Russia.

For now, it’s not too clear as to who really is behind these accounts but experts believe there’s some evidence in the form of links that hint at Washington.

Both digital giants Twitter and Meta claim to have taken down the network immediately as they were busy promoting the Western narratives across nations in the Middle East and Central Asia.

These platforms are spread over Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and all other social networking sites. They’ve been active for a while now and a lot of the hate seemed to be directed toward Russia as it continues its brutal invasion of Ukraine.

The news comes to us thanks to a recent report published a few days ago by Stanford and Graphika.

The report even went on to indicate that it’s not only places like Iran and Russia where their authoritative regimes continually engage in various influence campaigns of foreigners on social media.

There was also a lot of discussion about overlapping networks comprising fake accounts having advanced narratives. They’re useful for places like the US and similar allies and they’re constantly seen bashing anti-West nations.

Both tech giants handed over the data related to their findings to Graphika and Stanford. They wished the organizations would embark on a combined analysis.

These accounts were seen using AI-powered technology to get images of fake individuals. They then posed them as accounts related to news media too.

Twitter says that although it assumes that presumed nations of origin may be behind the ordeal, it’s still not sure. And this entire matter warrants an entire investigation.

But Graphika says that evidence is there in the form of a link between public American messaging campaigns and influence operations. Still, the evidence is lacking and we need more proof.

The researchers have also taken note of how the people behind the ordeal weren’t too great at doing a good job at what they were trying to prove or shall we say, weren’t as effective.

The team of experts also noticed how very few posts and tweets became popular and received attention in the form of likes and shares. Moreover, only about 19% of the fake accounts received a fan following of 1000.

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