Facebook and Twitter tackle Iranian 'influence operation'


Facebook and Twitter have dismantled networks of “inauthentic” accounts they say originated in Iran and Russia, and were aimed at spreading misinformation ahead of the U.S. mid-term elections and in Western politics more broadly.

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Acting on a tip-off from cyber-security firm FireEye, Facebook removed 652 pages, which were followed by 155,000 people on August 21. Twitter suspended 284 accounts on August 22 and did not provide further information about exposure.

FireEye said its investigation had identified an influence campaign aimed at audiences in the U.S., UK, Latin America and Middle East, to promote narratives in line with Iranian interests.

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The causes championed by the inauthentic accounts included opposition to Israel and Saudi Arabia and support for Palestine the the Iran Nuclear Deal. Some of the accounts linked to anonymous “news” sites and some masqueraded as liberal activists and supporters of left-wing U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.

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