16 May 2021,   23:09
საგიჟეთი, ღამურები, შერეკილები (Madhouse, Bats, Eccentrics) and ყიდვა გაყიდვა საქართველოში (Buy and Sell in Georgia) - why Facebook blocked popular pages

Social media platform Facebook announced on April 6 that it removed 23 Facebook accounts, 24 Pages, 12 Groups, and 11 Instagram accounts connected to the ultranationalist Georgian March party and its youth wing, for coordinated inauthentic behavior.

According to the company, around 119,000 accounts followed one or more of them. Among these pages were several official pages of Georgian March and the dormant page of Irakli Shikhiashvili, one of the leaders of the political party.

Another removed page, მარში ტვ (“March TV”), was created ahead of the Georgian parliamentary elections and announced the broadcasting of the Georgian March-affiliated TV channel. As investigated by the DFRLab, the page shared content from Georgian March’s official page and also managed two public groups, საგიჟეთი, ღამურები, შერეკილები (“Madhouse, Bats, Eccentrics”) and ყიდვა გაყიდვა საქართველოში (“Buy and Sell in Georgia”). The content from this page was also promoted by Beka Kvitsiani, an author with the Kremlin-affiliated disinformation outlet News Front Georgia. The page had been inactive since February 2021.