Skip to main content

Facebook takes down misinformation networks linked to QAnon

Facebook removed hundreds of accounts and pages involved in manipulating public debate, many based out of Russia and Iran, in April, the company announced on Tuesday, May 5.

Domestic accounts in the U.S. linked to QAnon conspiracy theorists were also removed as part of Facebook’s latest salvo against misinformation, according to the latest Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior Report.

According to the report, Facebook removed over 700 accounts and nearly 800 pages in April, noting that although all of them had been created before the start of the coronavirus pandemic, they had begun using coronavirus-related posts to develop their audiences.

The report claims that Russian and Iranian networks were engaged in international campaigns, posting in numerous languages and targeting a variety of regions. The report implicates two Crimean news organizations as well as Islamic Republic Broadcasting of Iran, the country’s dominant news network.

The company defines coordinated inauthentic behavior as “coordinated efforts to manipulate public debate for a strategic goal where fake accounts are central to the operation” either by “domestic, non-state” operations or, more seriously, foreign governments.

Editors' Recommendations

Will Nicol
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Will Nicol is a Senior Writer at Digital Trends. He covers a variety of subjects, particularly emerging technologies, movies…
Twitter’s latest features are all about curbing election misinformation
Twitter's new election-specific features shown on a smartphone.

As the midterm elections approach in the U.S., one social media platform this week has announced further measures it will take to combat misinformation in the lead-up to this fall's congressional elections.

On Thursday, Twitter published a blog post in which it detailed its plans on curtailing misinformation on its platform, especially as it relates to the 2022 U.S. midterm elections. Of particular note was a series of new misinformation-related features Twitter plans to launch for use in the months leading up to the midterm elections.

Read more
What does a check mark mean on Facebook Messenger?
A series of social media app icons on a colorful smartphone screen.

If you've ever sent a message to a friend on Facebook Messenger, you've probably noticed a little check mark icon next to the message you sent.

They're nothing to worry about, but these check mark icons do offer up a little information on the status of the Messenger messages you send. Want to know what each of these check mark icons means? Keep reading to find out.
What does a check mark mean on Messenger?

Read more
Facebook Messenger finally starts testing end-to-end encryption for all chats
facebook messenger testing end to encryption all chats default

Meta has announced it will be testing default end-to-end encryption on Facebook Messenger. The social media company said in a press release on Thursday that testing has already begun "between some people" earlier this week, and that it will be working to make the privacy feature default for all messages and calls in 2023.

If you're part of the test group, your frequent chats will be automatically end-to-end encrypted, thereby rendering end-to-end encryption non-optional. This means that any conversation between you and a friend or family member can't be accessed by Meta or anyone else. The only way Meta will see your messages is if you report them to the company if they threaten your safety in any way.

Read more