Meta says it removed scammers' Canada convoy Facebook groups

FILE PHOTO: A person walks by trucks blocking roads downtown as truckers and their supporters continue to protest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, February 7, 2022. REUTERS/Patrick Doyle

(Reuters) - Facebook parent Meta Platforms said on Monday it had removed dozens of groups, pages and accounts that latched onto the truck convoy protest in Canada but were run by spammers and scammers, including in Vietnam.

A "Freedom Convoy" has disrupted life in downtown Ottawa for 11 days, starting as a movement against a Canadian vaccine mandate for cross-border drivers but turning into a rallying point against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and many of the Canadian governments' public health measures.

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