Tech giant Facebook has reportedly announced that it has suspended a large network of over 100 pages and accounts with ties to long-time GOP operative and President Donald Trump ally, Roger Stone, for posting misinformation on its social network site.
While speaking about the matter, Facebook stated that its investigation on the network of 100 accounts and pages, linked it to Roger Stone and his allies.
The “coordinated inauthentic behavior” network posed as residents of Florida and posted misleading information about Florida’s regional politics, the region’s water and land resource bills, and data published by Wikileaks just before the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. The network also posted about Stone’s trials along with his books, media appearances, and websites.
The Roger Stone network had over 320,000 followers across Facebook as well as Instagram. The network was made up of 50 Facebook pages, 54 Facebook accounts, and four accounts on Instagram. Additionally, the network has spent a massive amount, approximately $308,000, to reach more people using Facebook ads.
As per the social media platform, the network was also immensely active over a number of other internet services apart from Facebook. The social media giant started looking in the Roger Stone network as a part of its investigation on Proud Boys, a far-right group, and its efforts to come back on Facebook after it had been banned from the platform in 2018.
Last fall, Stone was convicted for lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction. The charges on Stone were brought by a grand jury as a part of the previous special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry into Russian interference in 2016 presidential elections.
Next week, Roger Stone is expected report to the federal prison. However, Stone’s lawyers recently requested a Washington, D.C. federal appeals court to postpone Stone’s surrender date to early September, over concerns regarding the rapid spread of the coronavirus across correctional institutions.