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Facebook takes down misinformation networks linked to Roger Stone, Brazilian President Bolsonaro

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Facebook took down four networks that engaged in misinformation in the US, Brazil, Ukraine, and Latin and Central Americas, including a network linked to Trump aide Roger Stone and another linked to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Except for the network that targeted people in Latin and Central Americas, all the other three networks targeted domestic audiences. Two of the four networks used advertising/PR firms, while the American and Brazilian networks were linked to people associated with political figures. This is not the first time that Facebook has named advertising/PR firms behind such networks; in February, the platform had removed a network of 37 Facebook accounts, 32 Pages, 11 Groups and 42 Instagram accounts in India and linked it to aRep Global, an Indian digital marketing firm, whose digital presence has since then completely vanished. Similary, Facebook linked another such network in Egypt to two Egyptian marketing firms — New Waves and Flexel — that targeted the Middle East and North Africa. 1. The Roger Stone Network of Disinformation (USA) Perpetrators: Roger Stone and his associates. Some of the Pages they managed had links to Proud Boys, a white supremacist hate group that was banned in 2018. This network was most active between 2015 and 2017. Since then, most of these accounts have been dormant while some were permanently deleted by users. Why the delay? Facebook says that it identified the full scope of this network after the public release of search warrants related to the investigation by Special Counsel Robert…

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