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Facebook Removes 3 More Russian Networks for Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior

Head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher said in a Newsroom post that the three networks were connected to entities associated with Russian financier Yevgeniy Prigozhin, who was previously indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The first of the three groups consisted of 35 accounts, 53 pages, seven groups and five Instagram accounts, with its activity focused on Madagascar, the Central African Republic, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon.

They used a combination of fake accounts and authentic accounts of local nationals in Madagascar and Mozambique to manage pages and groups and post content, typically regarding global and local political news on topics including Russian policies in Africa, elections in Madagascar and Mozambique, election monitoring by a local non-governmental organization and criticism of French and U.S. policies.

According to Gleicher, some 475,000 accounts followed one or more of the removed pages, about 450 people followed at least one of the groups and roughly 650 users followed one or more of the Instagram accounts.

This network spent about $77,000 on Facebook ads, paid for in U.S. dollars, with the first ad running in April 2018 and the most recent ad running this month.

He also shared sample content from some of the removed pages:

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Kin Is Bringing 5 Lifestyle Shows to Facebook Watch

The move is part of the social network’s efforts to pair publishers with creators and public figures

Yolanda Gampp of Cake Queen and How to Cake It helps struggling bakers save their kids’ birthday cakes. Gampp has 7.9 million social followers. Save the Cake will premiere next year.

  • Your Trash, Mai Treasure: Jeannie Mai takes the opposite approach of her anti-Marie Kondo mom as the two decide whether a person’s old junk is trash or treasure. It debuts in 2020.
  • The collaboration with Facebook watch marks Kin’s latest effort to create high-quality lifestyle franchises for women 25 and older.

    The company’s current successes include Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix, All Things Adrienne and Hello Hunnay with Jeannie Mai.

    Kin CEO Michael Wayne said in a release, “Our model for creating lifestyle programming has been successful in engaging audiences and delivering profits. Our audience doesn’t just passively view—they truly invest in the talent and are dedicated to tuning in every week. That’s why Facebook Watch is an incredible platform for our shows: Its unique features let fans interact with talent and each other.”

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