Facebook pages from Georgia, former Soviet countries removed for fraudulently boosting Kremlin outlet

The pages taken down by Facebook misled users on their purpose or location of their administrators while boosting the reach of the Sputnik news outlet.

Agenda.ge, 17 Jan 2019 - 19:51, Tbilisi,Georgia

Facebook pages created for Georgia were among nearly 300 taken down by the platform on Thursday for misleading users about their origin and purpose while serving social media reach for Sputnik, a Kremlin media outlet.

An analysis of takedowns by the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab said the hundreds of pages, removed for what Facebook calls "coordinated inauthentic behaviour", included those created for users in the country.

Pages ostensibly created on neutral subjects like "famous Georgians", as well as apparently fake personal accounts, actively shared material from Sputnik, increasing its user reach.