(CBS SF / CNN) — Facebook said it had banned a company it believes ran fake accounts for the conservative group Turning Point USA, the Menlo Park-based social media giant announced Thursday.
Facebook said the marketing firm Rally Forge, working on behalf of Turning Point USA, ran a campaign that relied upon fake accounts that posted criticism of former Vice President Joe Biden and praise for President Donald Trump. According to Facebook, that campaign included tactics like commenting on the Facebook pages of major national American media outlets.
The alleged activity was first identified through an investigation by The Washington Post, which prompted Facebook to look into the group.
“Many of these accounts used stock profile photos and posed as right-leaning individuals from across the US. In 2018, some of these accounts posed as left-leaning individuals to comment on content as well. This activity was centered primarily around commenting on news articles posted by news organizations and public figures, rather than posting their own content,” Facebook said in a report published …