Facebook Takes Serious Action Against Nicaraguan Government, Shuts ‘Troll Farm’ Account

Facebook Takes Serious Action Against Nicaraguan Government, Shuts ‘Troll Farm’ Account

  • Tech giant, Facebook has announced the shutdown of a troll farm operated by the Nicaraguan government
  • According to its parent company, Meta, the network comprises of several Facebook accounts and Instagram accounts run by the government and a ruling party
  • Meanwhile, this development is coming days before the elections scheduled to hold in the Central American Country

Meta, Facebook’s parent company on Monday, November 1, disclosed it has taken down a troll farm account, run by the Nicaraguan government.

Meta noted the accounts comprise 937 Facebook accounts, 140 pages, 24 groups and 363 Instagram accounts belonging to the government of Nicaraguan and a ruling party, the Sandinista party, PM News reported.

Meanwhile, the action was taken days before the presidential elections were set to hold in the Central American Country.

Facebook takes down troll farm run by Nicaraguan government
Facebook has taken an action against the Nicaraguan government, by taking down fake account 'troll farm'. Photo credit: Mark Zuckerberg
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A report by the company said.

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“This is one of the most cross-government troll operations, we’ve disrupted to date, with multiple state entities participating in this activity at once.”

The cross-platform campaign was primarily operated by employees of the Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications and the Post (TELCOR), while other “smaller clusters of fake accounts’’ were run by other government institutions including the Supreme Court.

According to the findings, the campaign, which Meta was also running on Tiktok, Twitter and YouTube among others, consisted of “positive content about the government and negative commentary about the opposition, using hundreds of fake accounts to promote these posts’’.

Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega was seeking a fourth consecutive term in the November 7 election.

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