Facebook banned fake accounts impersonating environmental NGOs in Brazil

In a report published (8), Meta revealed that it had taken down 14 accounts and nine Facebook pages and 39 Instagram accounts that posed as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and activists focused on environmental issues in the Amazon Rainforest . . According to the company, the network had links with two military personnel .

The fake pages made posts saying that deforestation is not so harmful and criticized legitimate organizations that stand against the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest.

According to the Meta document , the accounts also posted original memes, content from major portals and posts from photographers and Greenpeace, likely in an attempt to disguise the pages as fake and gain trust.

Monitoring company Graphika, with whom Meta shared data from its investigation, says the operation failed to build a significant audience.

According to the data collected, 1,170 accounts followed one or more of these Facebook pages. On Instagram, 23,600 accounts followed one or more profiles. A further US$ 34 was spent on advertisements on both networks, paid in Brazilian reais.

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