As part of Facebook’s crackdown on “fake” and “troll” accounts, the social media giant announced Monday it deleted a significant number of pages and groups based in both India and Pakistan for breaches of the company’s policies.
According to Facebook, the majority of the accounts engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior and spam.” Many of those were operated by corporations, political organizations, and government agencies. The users managing these accounts also bought Facebook ads to boost traffic, and some of the pages had more than one million followers. Some were also linked to Instagram accounts, which Facebook deleted.
“We have removed Pages, Groups, and accounts for violating Facebook’s policies on coordinated inauthentic behavior or spam,” wrote Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s Head of Cybersecurity Policy in a company press release. “Today’s action includes four separate takedowns—each distinct and unconnected.”
Many of the removed accounts based in Pakistan were operated by members of the Inter-Services Public Relations, an organization within Pakistan’s military. These pages and groups posted content related to the Pakistani military, the Kashmir community, and general Pakistani news. Some of the content posted was also critical of Indian political leaders and the Indian armed forces.