Nov 2, 2021

Nicaragua accused of running internet troll farm

The company behind Facebook and Instagram has removed more than 1,000 fake accounts in Nicaragua which it says were part of a disinformation campaign by the government. Meta said those who ran the accounts included staff at the telecoms regulator and the Supreme Court. The accounts were controlled by Daniel Ortega's government and the FSLN ruling party, Ben Nimmo, threat intelligence lead for Facebook parent company Meta, told the AFP news agency. Facebook closed 937 accounts, 140 pages and 24 groups, as well as 363 Instagram accounts, he said. Facebook said in a statement the network was "a coordinated effort... to corrupt or manipulate public discourse by using fake accounts to build personas across platforms and mislead people about who's behind them".

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