New Delhi, April 1: The Congress on Monday denied the claims made by social media major Facebook and said it will check the veracity of the report.
“This is to clarify no official pages run by INC have been taken down. Additionally, all pages run by our verified volunteers are also unaffected”, the Congress tweeted.
“We don’t react to news reports which may just be coming in, we will have to check veracity of the report whether there are any Facebook pages which are linked to us…”, the party spokesperson Manish Tewari told media.
Earlier in a day, Facebook announced it has removed 687 spam Facebook Pages and accounts related to individuals associated with the IT cell of Congress Party.
These Pages and accounts spent around Rs 27 lakh for advirtisements on Facebook. The first ad ran in August 2014 and the most recent ad ran in March 2019, the social meida gaint stated.
The users engaged in this coordinated inauthentic behaviour used fake accounts and joined various Groups to disseminate their content and increase engagement on their own Pages, said Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy at Facebook.
“The Page admins and account owners typically posted about local news and political issues, including topics like the upcoming elections, candidates’ views, the INC (Indian National Congress) and criticism of political opponents including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“While the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their identities, our review found that it was connected to individuals associated with an INC IT Cell,” Gleicher said in a telephonic conversation from Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
“The majority of these accounts had already been suspended by our automated systems,” Gleicher further added.
In the recent times, Facebook took steps to regulate political advertisements in a bid to ensure that the platform is not used for spreading false news, especially ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election campaign season.