Facebook this week announced that it removed multiple Pages, Groups, and accounts on its social networking platforms tied to Russian actors intending to manipulate public opinion ahead of the election in Ukraine.
Of the four campaigns identified by the company, three of them originated in Russia. They appeared to function independently of each other and focused on current political issues and international relations.
One of the operations worked with 18 Facebook accounts, nine Pages, and three Groups. Its purpose was to shape the opinion of users in Ukraine by tackling topics like the country’s relation with Russia and by criticizing the Ukrainian government.