Facebook suspend 168 fake Moldovan accounts

Facebook has removed 168 accounts from Moldova this week that are supposedly fake and would like to influence the forthcoming elections in the country. The company also removed 28 Moldavian Facebook pages and eight Instagram accounts, writing it in a blog post on Wednesday.

The pages, with a reach of about 54,000 people, mainly distributed local news and politically tinted opinion on, among other things, “compulsory Russian or English lessons and reunification with Romania”.

The owners of the accounts concerned did their best to conceal their identity. Facebook reports that it is not foreign interference, but pages that belong to Moldovan people, including some members of the Moldovan government.

Elections are held in the country on 24 February. Currently Moldova has a pro-Western government and a pro-Russian president, which leads to tensions in the Eastern European country.

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