The people who created this network used fraudulent and artificial accounts — the majority of which had been detected and disabled by our automated systems — to run Pages, distribute their material, make comments in Groups, and artificially boost engagement.

The group also utilized fake Facebook accounts and Pages to spread pro-UAE messaging, most notably in Kyrgyzstan. In targeted countries, they impersonated public figures and ran Pages — some of which were renamed and administered by them. The Page owners and account holders wrote about non-country-specific themes such as fashion, animals, humor, and crafts.