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Police Denies Meta’s Allegations That It’s Connected To Pro-Government Troll Farm

Meta’s report claimed close to 1,000 social media accounts with alleged links to the police were used to target and manipulate the Malaysian public with pro-government messages.

Adeline Leong

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Meta’s Quarterly Adversarial Threat Report found that a Malaysian authority was allegedly involved in a troll farm targeting and manipulating the Malaysian public.

The company has terminated 596 Facebook accounts, 180 Pages, 11 groups and 72 Instagram accounts for breaching its ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour’ (CIB) Policy.

The investigation discovered alleged connections to the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM). Individuals behind the troll farms have amassed around 446,000 followers across all accounts and spent around USD 6,000 on Facebook and Instagram advertisements paid for primarily in Ringgit.

READ MORE: Malaysian Authority Allegedly Linked To A Troll Farm On Meta’s Platforms

It’s found that the posting activity of these malicious groups accelerated during weekdays and they take breaks for lunch.

Online troll. Image for illustration purposes.

Malaysiakini reported that DAP social media bureau chairperson Syahredzan Johan demanded to know whether the government was using public money to fund the alleged troll farm.

If it’s true, Syahredzan said Meta’s report revealed a concerted effort to manipulate public discussion by using fake accounts and websites for the government’s political benefit.

This report shows that the government is funding trolls and cybertroopers using public funds and resources for their political interests.

DAP social media bureau chairperson Syahredzan Johan

PDRM refutes the allegations

According to The Star, the police have refuted the allegations that they’re linked to a pro-government troll farm.

In a statement, Police Secretary Deputy Comm Datuk Noorsiah Mohd Saaduddin refuted the claims made by Meta in its report.

We are collecting more information on this issue. We view these allegations seriously.

Police Secretary Deputy Comm Datuk Noorsiah Mohd Saaduddin

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