A network of fake accounts promoting U.S. interests to countries in the Middle East and Central Asia was linked to individuals associated with the U.S. military, Meta said Tuesday.
Meta said that the people behind the operation “attempted to conceal their identities,” but the company’s investigation “found links to individuals associated with the US military.”
Pentagon spokesman César Santiago said in a statement the department is “aware of the report published by Meta” but declined to comment on the report’s findings “at this time.”
“We will look into and assess any information that Meta provides,” Santiago added.
The report said they believe the activity “represents the most extensive case of covert pro-Western” influence operations on social media to be analyzed by open-source researchers. The campaigns would advance narratives promoting the interests of the U.S. and its allies and oppose countries including Russia, China and Iran.
The network was focused on Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Yemen, according to Meta.
Updated: 12:44 p.m.