Somalia Targeted with Fake Facebook and Instagram Posts

Meta

Somalia is among twelve countries the US military allegedly targeted with fake Facebook and Instagram accounts, according to Meta which owns the two social media networks, including WhatsApp.

The Meta company security experts found several fake accounts on the platform which posed as legitimate social media accounts. The fake accounts were also found on Twitter, YouTube and Telegram.

The social media giant accused the US military of being behind the phony accounts and using them to promote US interests in the world.

“Although the people behind this operation attempted to conceal their identities and coordination, our investigation found links to individuals associated with the US military,” said Meta in its quarterly ‘Adversarial Threat Report’.

Meta said it deleted at least 39 Facebook accounts, 16 pages, two groups and 26 Instagram accounts.

The post focused mainly in: Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.

According to Meta, most posts were unsuccessful with their messaging.

“The majority of this operation’s posts had little to no engagement from authentic communities,” said Meta.

The Washington Post report in September, the Pentagon ordered an audit of covert information warfare when the operation was first revealed in August by Stanford Internet Observatory and social media intelligence company Graphika, with whom Meta shared detailed information about the network.