Aug 10, 2021

Facebook removes anti-vax influencer campaign

In its latest report on "Coordinated inauthentic behaviour", Facebook said it found links between the network and a botched disinformation campaign from influencer marketing agency Fazze - which is part of a Russian-based company called AdNow. According to Facebook, that was the second wave of attempts by the network to smear Western vaccines. These posts appeared on Facebook in Hindi around the same time the Indian government was discussing emergency authorisation for the AstraZeneca vaccine. The campaign used fake accounts, some of which Facebook says probably originated from account farms in Bangladesh and Pakistan. According to Facebook's report, these links were then shared by a handful of influencers on Instagram who used the same hashtags and made references to the fact that the AstraZeneca vaccine was derived from chimpanzee adenovirus.

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