American social media conglomerate corporation Facebook said the marketing company Rally Forge, operating on behalf of Turning Point USA, ran a campaign that relied upon fake user accounts that shared criticism of ex-VP Joe Biden & praise for Trump. According to Facebook, that campaign included tricks like commenting on the Facebook pages of top US news organizations.
“Many of these accounts used stock profile photos and posed as right-leaning individuals from across the US. In 2018, some of these accounts posed as left-leaning individuals to comment on content as well. This activity was centered primarily around commenting on news articles posted by news organizations and public figures, rather than posting their own content,” Facebook said.
“The most recent activity included creating what we call ‘thinly veiled personas’ whose names were slight variations of the names of the people behind them and whose sole activity on our platform was associated with this deceptive campaign,” company added.
Facebook has permanently banned Rally Forge from its platform. Tech giant says that it has deleted 200 Facebook accounts, 55 Facebook pages & 76 Instagram accounts. About 373K accounts followed one or more of the Facebook pages & around 22K users followed one or more of the Instagram accounts.