Ahead of the general election in Bangladesh, both Twitter and Facebook have removed accounts that appeared to be linked to the Bangladesh government. The Facebook accounts resembled legitimate organizations such as the BBC Bangla service and Bdnews24.com. However, these accounts were posting anti-opposition content and indulged in misrepresentation. Bangladesh will go to polls on 30th December 2018 to elect its parliament. Sheikh Hasina the current Bangladeshi prime minister of the Awami League will contest the elections against Kamal Hossain of Gano Forum.
Since 2016, Facebook has removed fake accounts ahead of elections in the US, Mexico, France, Germany, and Brazil. Previously, during the 2016 US elections, foreign groups were found trying to influence elections and incite political discord. This move comes at a time where the world’s largest democracy India heads into elections in April 2019.
Twitter said that most of the accounts it removed had fewer than 50 followers. Facebook has reported that about 12,000 people followed at least one of the pages that it took down. The low number of followers to these accounts suggests that these accounts might have had only a very small reach and influence. Since for any Facebook post, the organic reach is around 2-4% of followers, each post made by the removed Facebook page was reaching only 250-500 users.