January 21, 2019  |  Updated January 30, 2019

Coordinated Comments in Macedonia

By Kanishk Karan and Vladimir Petreski

Approximately one hundred automated comments featuring the exact same content, originating from different Facebook profiles, appeared on an official communications post of the Macedonian Government’s Facebook page. The comments were quickly removed, presumably by Facebook’s automated or content review systems.

The Facebook post subjected to the attack was written in celebration of International Solidarity Day. It described solidarity a strong tool to celebrate unity in diversity. Meanwhile, the coordinated posted demanded equal rights for Albanians in Macedonia. The spam comments, as translated, read: 

#WeAreMoreThan20%

#EqualRights

#StopDiscriminationTowardAlbaniansInMacedonia

#FreedomForThePrisonersOfTheKumanovoIncident

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