Facebook has deleted 712 accounts and 390 pages in India and Pakistan for “inauthentic behavior”, it said on Monday, many of them linked to India’s opposition Congress party days before a general election, and others related to Pakistan’s military.
Facebook has been criticized for use of platform against negative purposes. As specially for political and fake news spreading.
Facebook has deleted accounts in India leading from Congress. One of dominant political party in India . India has elections around the corner and Facebook is one of key platform for campaign. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his rivals use official Facebook accounts to send political messages to millions of followers, thousands of unverified pages also share posts to support or criticize politicians.
Facebook said it had taken down 549 accounts and 138 pages linked to India’s Congress for “coordinated inauthentic behavior”. also banned 15 accounts linked to an Indian company named Silver Touch. The company was “associated with” a mobile app promoted by Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
In Pakistan, Facebook removed 57 accounts, 24 pages, seven groups and 15 Instagram accounts, also for inauthentic behavior, as part of a network which originated in Pakistan and was linked to employees of a unit of the Pakistani military.
Those accounts were being run by employees of the Pakistani military’s public relations arm, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Facebook said.
No response from ISPR yet.
These Pakistani accounts, pages, groups and Instagram accounts removed from Facebook had more than 2.8 million followers.
Facebook has been taking such measures across the globe.It took similar actions recently against accounts in Russia and Iran.