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A third of the world now runs social media influence operations

In a report summarizing its actions against covert influence operations, Meta said that 2022 saw the largest number of Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior (CIB) networks since the company began tracking and cracking down on these operations back in 2017. The company said it shut down this year more than 200 influence networks operating from 68 countries …

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Meta formally links pro-Western influence operation to US military

Meta’s security team has formally confirmed the involvement of the US military in a pro-Western influence operation the social network took down this summer. The company said it removed 39 Facebook accounts, 16 Facebook pages, and 26 Instagram accounts that tried to pose as locals in various countries. The accounts posted content in different languages …

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Meta discovers more than 400 Android and iOS malicious apps

Updated on 2022-10-10: Meta discovers malicious apps Meta’s security team said on Friday that it discovered more than 400 Android and iOS apps that contained hidden functionality meant to steal Facebook account credentials. The company said the apps were disguised as legitimate applications, some were hosted on the official Google Play Store and Apple App …

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Facebook exposes large network of (low quality) fake news sites pushing Russian propaganda

In a series of joint reports with Qurium, DFRLab, and the EU Disinfo Lab, Meta announced on Tuesday that it suspended Facebook and Instagram accounts that were part of a “large network that originated in Russia.” Meta’s security team said this network of accounts began posting in May this year and targeted audiences primarily in …

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