Facebook has been systemically taking down inauthentic activity in places like the US, UK and Myanmar. In coordination with Grpahika, the firm identified a new threat in Bangladesh, a number of pages and accounts designed to mislead readers.
“We discovered that these Pages were designed to look like independent news outlets and posted pro-government and anti-opposition content,” explained Facebook’s Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy. “Our investigation indicates that this activity is linked to individuals associated with the Bangladesh government. This kind of behaviour is not allowed on Facebook under our misrepresentation policy because we don’t want people or organizations creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they are, or what they’re doing.”
The firm found nine pages and six accounts with a cumulative reach of at least 12 thousand followers.
Bangladesh will be holding a general election in 10 days. As the time for votes to be cast comes closer, it becomes imperative for social media companies to represent accurate information on their platforms.