By Dustin Volz 

Facebook Inc. said it removed a network of accounts with links to a U.S. conservative political youth group for posing as fake users to praise President Trump and criticize his Democratic rival, Joe Biden.

The social-media giant's move is among a number of steps it has taken in recent weeks to curb misinformation on the platform and one of its most high-profile actions against a domestic political operator.

The company said Thursday it had removed 200 Facebook accounts, 55 Facebook pages and 76 Instagram accounts that were run by Rally Forge, a U.S. marketing firm, for violating rules against "coordinated inauthentic behavior." Rally Forge, which Facebook said was now banned, was working on behalf of two clients, including Turning Point USA, a Phoenix-based conservative youth organization.

Turning Point USA was founded by Charlie Kirk, a prominent conservative activist and staunch Trump supporter who spoke at the Republican National Convention in August.

Write to Dustin Volz at dustin.volz@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

October 08, 2020 12:36 ET (16:36 GMT)

Copyright (c) 2020 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)
Graphique Historique de l'Action
De Oct 2020 à Nov 2020 Plus de graphiques de la Bourse Facebook
Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)
Graphique Historique de l'Action
De Nov 2019 à Nov 2020 Plus de graphiques de la Bourse Facebook