Facebook takes down phony accounts linked to ISPR
ISLAMABAD -- Facebook Monday (April 1) announced it took down pages, groups and accounts linked to Pakistan and India for "co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour".
The company removed 103 pages, groups and accounts linked to employees of the Pakistani military's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), said Nathaniel Gleicher, head of Facebook's cybersecurity policy, in a blog post.
"Although the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their identities, our investigation found that it was linked to employees of the ISPR," said the statement.
Facebook clarified that it was removing the accounts based on their behaviour, not on the content they posted.
A recent standoff between India and Pakistan over the disputed region of Kashmir saw a deluge of "fake news" hit social media, raising concerns over misinformation in the region.
Journalists in Pakistan, one of the most dangerous countries in the world for media, are regularly exhorted by the military to promote a positive image of the country.