According to a report released on Wednesday, Facebook and Twitter removed two overlapping sets of accounts during
the past two months for pushing "pro-Western narratives" in the Middle East and Central Asia.
According to the social media analytics business Graphika, Twitter and Meta, the company that owns Facebook, took down the accounts over the course of five years through "a series.
Both Twitter and Meta claimed that the accounts engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behaviour," in violation of its respective policies on "platform manipulation and spam."
The platforms gave Graphika and the Stanford Internet Observatory access to some of the accounts' activity.
According to Jack Stubbs, vice president of intelligence at Graphika, "This action constitutes
the most widespread case of a covert influence effort supporting pro-Western narratives that has been publicly recorded to date."
The accounts opposed the interests of nations like Iran, China, and Russia while promoting those of the United States and its allies.