Facebook’s takedowns haunt pages and people globally

Alongside taking down misleading pages, Facebook targets community pages in the name of 'coordinated inauthentic behavior'.

Facebook’s takedowns haunt pages and people globally

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Earlier on Monday, news shared by Facebook Newsroom became a top story, telling about the removal of hundreds of pages, groups and individual profiles ‘linked’ allegedly to Pakistan’s military and India’s political parties.

Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s Head of Cyber-security Policy said, “We’re taking down these Pages and accounts based on their behavior, not the content they posted.” — Now this is something confusing.

Overall 1,126 pages, groups and accounts on Facebook as well as Instagram have been removed for ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior’, in India and Pakistan.

Later in 2018, Facebook called it ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior’ whereas it was called ‘bad actors’ initially. In June 2018, they took down more than 10,000 accounts, Pages and groups as said, ‘bad actors’ in Mexico and across Latin America for violating Facebook’s Community Standards.

In January 2019, Facebook targeted Russian pages as one of the most affected countries. A post said that more than 300 big pages and groups were originated in Russia and operated in the Baltics, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Central and Eastern European countries. Facebook removed them.

The then ‘bad actors’ and now “Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior” allegations and takedowns are now haunting digital activists, political workers, cyber groups, and others worldwide. Bangladesh, Iran, Philippine, Brazil, India, Pakistan, Russia and Myanmar are the most targeted countries.

In August 2018, Facebook took down more than 500 pages, groups and accounts of the Myanmar military officials.

What is ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’?

In simple words posting misleading and misrepresenting content on Facebook is considered as coordinated inauthentic behavior. — “When people, pages and groups work together to mislead others. They target audience either for ideological or for financial purposes. Their posts and content themselves may not go against the Facebook policies. This is the Coordinated Iaunthentic Behavior.”

For example, if you have a page for a social cause like “education for all”. When you get involved in political campaigning, supporting military tensions between countries, sharing fake news, or anything other than your main purpose — the said cause ‘education’.

Facebook has shared screenshot of a page for Kashmir’s activism, for example and considered it as the CIB.

Facebook newsroom

I really do not know, what is wrong with this provided example by Facebook. A Kashmiri community page shared this image telling the world about the motivation and determination of Kashmir’s people fighting for their rights and independence. There is nothing violent in this post.

Facebook says, this post itself is not against the policies, but this is a deceptive behavior. WTH !!!!

Suppose, the page is was run by some Pakistani military official, so they openly support the Kashmir cause.

We strongly support the takedowns, all those pages misleading others, should must be removed. But, community pages for such causes like Kashmir, or political pages like Congress run, should be given all the independence and right to speak loud and freely.

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Raza Dotani

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