- 8 September 2017
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Facebook administration removes 80% of Troll factory’s groups
The Facebook administration removed up to 80 percent of groups connected with the Internet Research Agency, known as the ‘Troll factory’. A source close to the company's management told this The Bell.
The social network removed 25 groups, which had over three million followers in total. Another 32 accounts with two million subscribers were closed in Instagram. About 50 accounts were blocked by the Twitter administration, which had the 600 thousand followers in total.
Most of the communities were devoted to the rights of African-American people, as well as activities of the US conservative party. They were created during the US presidential campaign
The source said that the ‘Troll factory’ continues to support their audience with the remaining 20 percent of the groups. And this groups are unlikely to be blocked, because most of users there are real people, not bots.
Previously, Facebook suspected the ‘Troll factory’ in an attempt to influence the US elections. Employees of the company found and blocked 470 fake pages, which contained posts on controversial issues. A representative of the social network said that they have proof that the ‘Troll factory’ of St. Petersburg, Russia, is involved in creating these accounts. Its employees write paid posts and comments from fake accounts.
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