Friday December 20, 2019
#OperationFFS: Fake Face Swarm
Ben Nimmo, C. Shawn Eib, L. Tamora, Kate Johnson, Ian Smith from Graphika; Eto Buziashvili, Alyssa Kann, Kanishk Karan, Esteban Ponce de León Rosas, Max Rizzuto from DFRLab
Facebook Takes Down Network Tied to Epoch Media Group That Used Mass AI-Generated Profiles
On December 20, 2019, Facebook took action against a network of over 900 pages, groups, and accounts on its own platform and on Instagram that were associated with “The Beauty of Life” (TheBL), reportedly an offshoot of the Epoch Media Group (EMG). These assets were removed for engaging in large-scale coordinated inauthentic behavior (CIB). The takedown also encompassed a set of Vietnamese assets that were linked to TheBL and to EMG.