World Facebook dismantle new political disinformation networks related to COVID
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Meta, the mother house of Facebook, announced on Wednesday having dismantled malicious networks, which used the debates on vaccines to harass professionals or to sow division into societies, a sign that disinformation related to the pandemic does not weaken .
"they insulted doctors, journalists and elected officials, qualifying Nazis supporters because they promoted Vaccines against COVID, ensuring that compulsory vaccination would lead to a dictatorship of the health," said Mike Dvilyanski, Director of Emerging Threat Investigations at a press conference.
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referred to a network related to the anti-vaccination movement called "V_V", that the Californian group accuses having led a campaign of bullying and mass harassment against personalities of health, media and politics , in Italy and France.
The authors of this operation coordinated via the Telegram messaging, where volunteers had access to lists of people to target and "training" to escape the automatic detection by Facebook.
Their tactic consisted in particular to leave comments under the messages of the victims rather than posting content, and to use slightly modified spellings as "Vaxcinati" instead of "vaccinati", to say "people vaccinated" in Italian.
The social networking giant indicated that it was difficult to assess the scope and impact of this campaign, which took place on different platforms.
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An ex-fighter tells the BBC how the ADF, an IS affiliate, has been able to strike at Uganda's heart."The group is run on Sharia. If you steal, you lose an arm. If you rape a child, you die. If you tell a lie about someone and you're found out, you die," Peter, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, told the BBC.
"We observed what seems to be a sprawling populist movement that combines existing conspiracy theories with anti-authoritarian stories, and a stream of sanitary disinformation", detail Graphika experts, a company specializing in the analysis of social networks , in a report on this operation.
Meta also indicated that they dismantled another operation orchestrated from China, which used false accounts to promote false information.
They amplified messages published on the profile of a Swiss biologist invented from all parts, which reported that the United States was putting pressure on the World Health Organization to bring the coronavirus hat to China.
Chinese state media then cited this false biologist. "It was like a gallery of mirrors, which reflect a single false personality", remarks Meta in a statement.
The Californian group has found links between this operation and employees of the Chinese company of Cybersecurity Sichuan Silence Information Technology Co. as well as associates with other Chinese companies, specialized in infrastructure, in the world.
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Rohingyas refugees denounce the violence related to Facebook and are a complaint against the social network .
© Yann Foreix This is not the first time he is criticized with Facebook not to engage enough in the fight against the misinformation and hate content. LP / Yann Foreix Virtual Violence to Real. Rohingyas refugees filed a complaint, on Monday, against Facebook, which they accuse of having let themselves spread on its platform of hate messages aimed at this ethnic minority.