BIG BREAKING NEWS – CHRISTIAN FACEBOOK PAGES FAKE: Popular Facebook Pages Fake – Designed to Deceive [#Facebook] 10/07
The top ranked Christian Facebook pages had generic names — Jesus is my Lord, Purpose of Life, Light of the World, Blessing and Blessed — and they promoted generic content — Bible verses, inspirational stories and encouraging lessons.
But these and many other popular Facebook pages were fakes.
They were created by Eastern European troll farms that stole content from legitimate pages and reposted it on their own pages.
It was all part of an elaborate effort that used engaging content to attract large and unsuspecting audiences to pages that were also used to distribute partisan political stories designed to influence voters — and divisive stories about hot-button issues like race and sexuality designed to pit American against American.
All but one of the top 20 Christian Facebook pages operating in October 2019 were fake, according to an internal Facebook report entitled “How Communities Are Exploited on Our Platforms” that was publicly released by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in September 2021.
Guideposts was the only legitimate page to be found among the 20 most popular Christian Facebook pages.
“This is not normal. This is not healthy. We have empowered inauthentic actors to accumulate huge followings for largely unknown purposes.”
– Facebook report authored by Jeff Allen, a former data scientist for the powerful and profitable social media company
Christian pages were not Facebook’s only top-ranked fakes.
The majority of the most popular pages for African American and Native American audiences were also created by troll farms, which are professional groups in Kosovo, Macedonia and other countries that work in a coordinated manner to provide provocative content and political propaganda.
“These pages were part of a larger network that collectively reached nearly half of all Americans. Troll farms reached 140 million Americans a month on Facebook before (the) 2020 election.”
– Karen Hao, senior AI editor for the MIT Technology Review
Most popular Christian Facebook pages were fake, designed to deceive | Broadview Magazine