At the end of the year, Meta shared news about her efforts to combat the networks in which they are involved coordinated inauthentic behavior, while also launching a new initiative to help expand its detection processes by opening up more data on these elements to external research teams.
First of all, about coordinated activity – Meta says that in November 2021, it removed four networks originating from Palestine, Poland, Belarus and China, with a total of 852 Facebook and Instagram profiles and 99 Facebook pages removed.
Most of these networks were uncovered due to internal investigations into suspected activities related to local unrest and political conflict, while Meta also removed coordinated groups in France and Italy that dealt with mass harassment.f journalists, elected officials and vaccination-related medical professionals associated with a well-known anti-vaccine group.
The group based in Vietnam was also removed due to false mass reporting of activists and government critics for violating policies, in an attempt to silence them
The revelations provide an additional perspective on the different ways in which such groups seek to leverage Metin’s vast reach for political influence activities, as well as the strategies being developed to avoid detection and removal.
In addition to the latest updates, Meta has also had presented his latest initiative expand their research to such activities, with a new platform that will allow researchers to collect more data on suspicious activities.
Using its CrowdTangle content insight platform, Meta wants to provide more information on coordinated inauthentic behavior toward academics and other research organizations, as part of a broader effort to improve detection systems and identify changes in approach.
For the past year and a half, we have worked with the CrowdTangle team at Meta to build a platform for researchers to access data on these malicious networks and compare tactics among threat actors globally and over time. In late 2020, we launched a pilot CIB archive where we have since shared ~ 100 recent removals with a small group of researchers studying and investigating impact operations. We have continued to improve this platform in response to feedback from teams from the Digital Forensic Research Laboratory at the Atlantic Council, the Stanford Internet Observatory, the Australian Institute for Strategic Policy, Graphics and Cardiff University.”
Meta wants to make this new resource available to more researchers in 2022, providing additional insight into the evolving tactics of malicious actors and helping it remove even more of this activity.
Which should be the key focus. The 2016 U.S. election was revealing in revealing the use of Facebook and Instagram for political influence activities, and while it helped improve implementation and made users more skeptical of the content they see in these apps, it also opened the eyes of many of the group’s political activists. sought to implement their own processes to use the same measures in their campaigns.
Indeed, she pointed out the power that Facebook, in particular, can have in that regard, in terms of influencing opinion and changing public mood, and since then more and more lobbyists and groups have launched their own attempts to move the needle in different ways. .
As such, it is important for Meta to take action where he can, and expanding access to the wider academic and research community can only help in this regard.
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