Tuesday, March 21

How the “trolley farm” dismantled by Facebook in Nicaragua worked less than a week before the elections

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Daniel Ortega

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The accounts were allegedly controlled by the Daniel Ortega government.

Meta, the company that owns Facebook and Instagram, announced the elimination of more than 1,000 fake accounts in Nicaragua that it says were part of a government disinformation campaign.

Meta said in a report that those handling the accounts included staff from the telecommunications regulator and the Supreme Court.

The company indicated that in addition to the 937 false accounts on the social network, it also suppressed 140 pages, 24 groups and 363 accounts of Instagram, all of them belonging to the same network.

The report was released days before this weekend’s presidential election with the president’s main rivals jailed.


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