False claims about Pfizer’s CEO and his spouse proliferated worldwide, translated into at least half a dozen languages

Vials with a sticker reading, “COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only” and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. (Source: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo)

Alt-Info had previously been de-platformed for anti-LGBT posts; Facebook taking action against the latest network

Anti-LGBT protesters storm the office of LGBT campaigners ahead of the planned March for Dignity during Pride Week in Tbilisi, Georgia, July 5, 2021. The far-right group Alt-Info actively encouraged its supporters to protest Tbilisi Pride Week. (Source: REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze)

YouTube banned RT DE in September 2021 after the Russian network revived an old channel to avoid an initial suspension

RT DE logo as seen on its Facebook page. (Source: Facebook)

Accounts exhibited multiple indicators raising questions of their authenticity

Far-right groups march in Warsaw on Polish Independence Day, November 11, 2021. (Source: Jakub Podkowiak/PRESSCOV/Sipa USA via Reuters Connect)

Previous activities involved active amplification of COVID-19 disinformation and conspiracies

People queue up outside a mass vaccination centre as Latvia opens walk in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination scheme in Riga, Latvia, April 16, 2021. (Source: REUTERS/Janis Laizans)

Inauthentic network targeted domestic audiences in the lead-up to Nicaragua’s November 2021 general election

A man walks by a campaign poster featuring Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (right) and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo (left), in Managua, Nicaragua, September 25, 2021. (Source: REUTERS/Maynor Valenzuela)

WeChat accounts amplified narratives critical of Conservative Party prior to the September 2021 parliamentary election

A mobile phone user shows an icon of the messaging app WeChat on the App Store on his smartphone in Ji’nan city, east China’s Shandong province, July 19, 2017. (Source: Oriental Image via Reuters Connect)

Pages published the same links with identical text, often within a matter of seconds of each other

Protesters holding anti-government banners and “Hands Off TVN” posters in Gdansk, Poland on August 10, 2021. TVN, the largest independent media outlet in the country, has been under threat from a proposed law that would clamp down on foreign ownership. (Source: Reuters/Michal Fludra/NurPhoto)

Inauthentic FB assets linked to Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces operated for years; some admins based in Saudi Arabia and the UAE

RSF General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, aka “Hemeti,” delivers an address in Khartoum, May 18, 2019. (Source: REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Sudanese citizens protest military coup and dissolution of transitional government following arrest of civilian leadership

A person wearing a Sudan’s flag stands in front of a burning pile of tires during a protest against prospect of military rule in Khartoum, Sudan, October 21, 2021. A coup took place four days later. (Source: REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah//File Photo)

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