The Facebook Content Removal Train Made a Stop in Indonesia

207 pages, 800 accounts, 546 groups and 208 Instagram accounts were zapped

Indonesian online syndicate Saracen Group was behind all of the removed pages, accounts and groups
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Facebook held a press call Thursday afternoon to discuss the removal of 783 pages, groups, accounts and events that originated in Iran, but it wasn’t done.

Shortly thereafter, head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher provided details on a similar initiative in Indonesia.

In a Newsroom post, Gleicher said the social network removed 207 pages, 800 accounts, 546 groups and 208 Instagram accounts.

Indonesian online syndicate Saracen Group was behind all of the removed pages, accounts and groups, which Gleicher said were used to mislead people about who they were and what they were doing.

He added that some 170,000 people followed at least one of the pages and over 65,000 followed at least one of the Instagram accounts.

Gleicher wrote, “We’re taking down these pages, groups and accounts based on their behavior, not the content they were posting. In this case, the people behind this activity coordinated with one another and used fake accounts to misrepresent themselves, and that was the basis for our action.”

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