Jul 9, 2020

Facebook bans 'Roger Stone disinformation network'

Facebook has removed a disinformation network it says was linked to "Roger Stone and his associates". Facebook said it had removed 54 accounts, 50 pages, and four Instagram accounts it had linked to Mr Stone. Facebook has also removed 35 accounts, 14 pages, a Facebook group and 38 Instagram accounts that it says were involved in inauthentic behaviour in Brazil. It's indicative of the evolution of political influence campaigns - although in the case of Mr Stone the aims appear more personal, with accounts promoting his books and Facebook pages. The network that Facebook says is linked to the employees of President Bolsonaro seemed to have more ambitious targets, spreading disinformation and bolstering pro-government political narratives within Brazil.

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