Facebook: Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior from Russia. “Today we removed multiple Pages, groups and accounts that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram. The two operations we found originated in Russia, and one was active in a variety of countries while the other was specific to Ukraine. We didn’t find any links between these operations, but they used similar tactics by creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing.”
UNIAN: Admins of some popular Ukrainian pages operate from Russia, new Facebook rules reveal. “Facebook is now offering users an opportunity to see from which countries pages they might like or follow are managed. The innovation allowed Ukrainian users to find out that a number of Facebook Pages, including those promoting ‘patriotic’ content, are in fact administered from the Russian Federation, the country that has been waging hybrid war against Ukraine for almost five years, including with the use of information warfare aimed to destabilize its neighbor and regain control over the territory Moscow believes must remain part of its ‘area of influence.'”
New York Times: Democrats Faked Online Push to Outlaw Alcohol in Alabama Race. “The ‘Dry Alabama’ Facebook page, illustrated with stark images of car wrecks and videos of families ruined by drink, had a blunt message: Alcohol is the devil’s work, and the state should ban it entirely…. In fact, the Dry Alabama campaign, not previously reported, was the stealth creation of progressive Democrats who were out to defeat Mr. Moore — the second such secret effort to be unmasked.”
Tech Xplore: Using machine learning to detect unreliable Facebook pages. “Researchers worldwide have hence been trying to develop methods to detect and prevent deception on Facebook and other social media platforms. Panida Songram, a researcher at Mahasarakham University, in Thailand, has recently carried out a study investigating the use of supervised machine learning to detect the reliability or unreliability of Facebook pages.”
Search Engine Journal: Majority of Publishers See Much Lower Facebook Traffic Now vs. Last Year [POLL]. “This recent change in Facebook’s news feed algorithm left plenty of publishers and businesses reeling from notable drops in organic reach and engagement. And Search Engine Journal is no exception.”
Wired: Facebook Exposes Nonprofits To Donors—and Hackers . “AS THE FOUNDER and director of a nonprofit animal shelter on the East Coast, Alana has spent most of the past decade caring for pets that might otherwise be euthanized. Her work also resonates with people online—the Facebook page for the shelter has more than 1.3 million followers. But in August, she noticed something strange: A series of unfamiliar posts began appearing on the page, and no one at the shelter could say where they were coming from. For several days, Alana and her staff simply deleted them. It didn’t initially occur to Alana that her account may have been breached.”
TechCrunch: Relike lets you turn a Facebook page into a newsletter . “French startup Ownpage has recently released a new product called Relike. Relike is one of the easiest ways to get started with email newsletters. You enter the web address of your Facebook page and that’s about it.” Not a huge fan of basing all your marketing / engagement efforts in Facebook but at least a product like this gets your content out of the walled garden.