Facebook report warns of surveillance in Serbia

NEWS 17.12.2021 18:44
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Facebook has removed some 100 accounts linked to an Internet surveillance for hire company with customers in several countries, including Serbia.

A report by Facebook’s parent company Meta said that “seven entities who targeted people across the Internet in over 100 countries” had been disabled. It said that the Facebook and Instagram accounts that had been removed were linked to Israel-based Cognyte which has customers in a number of countries across the world, including Serbia, targeting journalists, opposition politicians and human rights activists and their families.

According to the report, Cognyte sells access to a platform which allows users to set up fake accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Vkontake.

The report said that Meta issued Cease and Desist warnings and alerted people who were targeted.