Facebook takes down Chinese network targeting Philippines, Southeast Asia and the US

Facebook takes down Chinese network targeting Philippines, Southeast Asia and the US
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Facebook announced Tuesday that it took down two networks promoting government propaganda.

The first, located in China, primarily targeted the Philippines and South East Asian countries.

The network used fake accounts to spread messaging about China's naval actions in the South China Sea, Hong Kong and support of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte.


It also posted content in the U.S. in support of or against presidential contenders Joe BidenJoe BidenUS threatens sweeping export controls against Russian industries Headaches intensify for Democrats in Florida US orders families of embassy staff in Ukraine to leave country MORE, Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE and Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks Airlines suspend US flights in response to 5G deployment AT&T, Verizon to delay 5G rollout near certain airports MORE. However, the network "focused the least and gained almost no following" in the U.S.

The individuals behind the network tried to conceal their identities, but Facebook found links to people in the Fujian province of China.

Facebook took down 155 Facebook accounts, 11 Pages, nine Groups and six Instagram accounts affiliated with the network.

The second network originated in the Philippines and targeted users there, pushing pro-Duterte content.

Under Facebook's policies against government interference that relies on coordinated inauthentic behavior, 57 accounts, 31 Pages and 20 Instagram accounts were removed.