Facebook removes pro-Trump accounts operating out of Romania

Politico.eu By SAIM SAEED

Facebook and Instagram accounts were attempting to influence the US election, social media firm says.

A number of Romanian Facebook pages and Instagram accounts pretending to be American in a bid to influence the U.S. election have been removed, the company said Thursday.

It removed 35 Facebook accounts, three Facebook pages and 88 accounts on photo-sharing app Instagram, which it owns.

“The people behind this network used fake accounts — some of which had already been detected and disabled by our automated systems — to pose as Americans, amplify and comment on their own content, and manage Pages including some posing as President Trump fan Pages,” Facebook said in its monthly report on “inauthentic behavior.”

Social media companies like Twitter and Facebook have been under pressure to fight disinformation in the run-up to the November election.

The company said the activity violated its policy on foreign interference in the form of “coordinated inauthentic behavior on behalf of a foreign entity.”

Less than 10,000 people followed the removed pages, Facebook said.