Facebook has quietly removed three bogus far-right networks in Spain ahead of Sunday’s elections

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04/23/2019

Facebook has quietly removed three far-right networks that were engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior intended to spread politically divisive content in Spain ahead of a general election in the country, which takes place on Sunday. The networks had a total reach of almost 1.7 million followers and had generated close to 7.4 million interactions in the past three months alone, according to analysis by the independent group that identified the bogus activity on Facebook’s platform. The fake far-right activity was apparently not picked up by Facebook. Instead, activist not-for-profit Avaaz unearthed the inauthentic content, and presented its findings to the social networking giant earlier this month, on April 12. In a press release issued today, the campaigning organization said Facebook has now removed the fakes — apparently vindicating its findings. Avaaz said the networks it found comprised around 30 pages and groups spreading far-right propaganda — including anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT, anti-feminist and anti-Islam content.

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