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Facebook takes down accounts it says were run from China and posting about 2020 election

September 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Facebook on Tuesday said it had shut down more than 150 fake accounts it determined were run from China, including accounts posting about November's US presidential election.

New York (CNN)Facebook on Tuesday said it had shut down more than 150 fake accounts it determined were run from China, including accounts posting about November's US presidential election.

The accounts "posted content both in support of and against presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden and Donald Trump," Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of security policy, wrote in a post on the company's website.

Graphika, a social media analytics company commissioned by Facebook to study the network of accounts, wrote in its report Tuesday, "In 2019-2020, the operation began running accounts that posed as Americans and posted a small amount of content about the US presidential election.

Different assets supported President Donald Trump and his rival Joe Biden; one short-lived group supported former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.

Many of the accounts in this phase of the operation were barely active. "

Facebook did not say if the accounts were tied to the Chinese government, only that the accounts were run from China's Fujian province.

The company did point out, however, that the accounts had been posting about "Beijing's interests in the South China Sea. "

Graphika said accounts in the network had defended Beijing.

Ben Nimmo, head of investigations at Graphika told CNN, "The US-focused content was the least and last part of the operation.

Some of their fake accounts did not engage with political content at all, and liked content from the US military instead.

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