Facebook revealed that it removed a small network of accounts operating from Romania that promoted Trump's re-election campaign with stories about his support for black Americans and Christians, among others.
Many of the Romanian network's 35 Facebook and 88 Instagram accounts pretended to be American, and some managed Trump fan pages, but came into conflict with the social network's rules on false behavior. In addition to misleading people about their location, some account holders feigned several identities with similar names that posted identical content.
The network had a small reach, with only 1.600 accounts following Facebook pages and 7.200 following Instagram accounts, which is also owned by Facebook. Facebook's security policy manager, Nathaniel Gleicher, said the company was unable to confirm whether the Romanian group was motivated by money, ideology or government policy.
The Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Office, a nonprofit organization, said that some pages shared only content from Trump's page, while others promoted the QAnon network, connoted with fake news and conspiracy theories. This network concentrates several theories around the idea that Trump is secretly waging a war against powerful democrats who adore the devil and abuse children. The FBI warned last year that QAnon has extremist and violent motivations.
Facebook has already removed much larger and better connected networks that supported Trump, including one connected to the Epoch Times, which was founded by supporters of the Falun Gong spiritual movement and was often critical of China's government.