India was being targeted on the pretext of Khalistan, META launched a digital strike on China

China is accused of hosting fake Facebook and Instagram accounts. Through these accounts, the Sikh community around the world was targeted by propagating pro-Khalistan sentiments. A big disclosure of Meta has come to light. Meta says that it has removed Facebook, Instagram accounts linked to China, which targeted India as part of the operation. These accounts had posted in English / Hindi on the Khalistan movement, the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar and criticism of the Indian government.

In its ‘Adversarial Threat Report’, Meta, owned by Facebook and Instagram, said it removed 37 Facebook accounts, 13 pages, five groups and nine Instagram accounts for violating its policy against “coordinated inauthentic behaviour”. Meta said in its Q1 2024 Adversarial Threat Report that the network originated in China and targeted the global Sikh community, including Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, the UK and Nigeria. Meta said the activity involved multiple groups of fake accounts generated from China targeting India and the Tibet region.

The Meta report said that some of these groups promoted each other and most of their participation came from their own fake accounts, making the campaign more popular than previously thought. Meta added, “This operation used compromised and fake accounts to pose as Sikhs, post content, and manage pages and groups.

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