On Tuesday, Meta, the parent company of Facebook, asserted that a network of fictitious identities on Facebook and Instagram that were supporting US interests abroad by focusing on people from Central Asia and Afghanistan were likely controlled by individuals “connected with the US military.”
It’s unusual for the US tech titan to work with Washington instead of a foreign nation to coordinate online influence efforts. The parent firm claimed that it has deleted about thirty Facebook profiles and twenty Instagram accounts for engaging in “inauthentic coordinated behavior.”
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The parent corporation of Facebook, according to an earlier Washington Post story, is not affiliated with any US military command. However, the Pentagon began an investigation into the departments that are involved in internet influence operations in September, including US Central Command,
According to CNN, they have requested a response on this matter from the Pentagon and Central Command, which oversees US military operations in the Middle East and Central Asia.
According to the analytics company, the Stanford Internet Observatory and Graphika recorded the activity in the August report. Meta asserted that it had taken down phony profiles from Facebook and, among other things, that Washington had helped Tajikistan, a country in Central Asia, defend its border with Afghanistan. Washington, it was claimed, was essential to maintaining regional security. According to Meta on Tuesday, those who were making fictitious profiles made a deliberate effort to “conceal their identities,” and the behavior received very little support from actual Facebook and Instagram users.
One former US official who worked on Russia-related matters bemoaned the US military’s botched influence campaign or the fact that it was even being attempted at all.