Facebook on Thursday removed hundreds of pages that originated in Russia, including a network of accounts that touched on regional weather and sports but actually served as a way for Russian state-owned media to covertly reach social media users.
The tech giant’s latest action included more than 300 pages that mostly targeted regions including Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The pages represented themselves as independent news sites or hubs for information about travel, economics and local politicians, according to Facebook.
More than 790,000 users followed at least one of the suspended pages, Facebook said, which operated between October 2013 and January 2019. The pages frequently posted about politically sensitive issues, including anti-NATO sentiment.