Feb 14, 2020

Facebook removes 'foreign interference' operations from Iran and Russia

FACEBOOK Facebook has removed two separate networks of fake accounts originating in Iran and Russia, for "Engaging in foreign or government interference". The small Iranian operation used accounts and personas on Facebook and Instagram to post content about US politics and the 2020 presidential election. AFP/GETTY IMAGES. In total, 78 Facebook accounts, 11 pages, 29 groups and four Instagram accounts have been removed. According to Graphika, blogs formed "The backbone" of the network, with operators using fake accounts on Facebook and Twitter to target selected audiences with long-form blog posts. Consisting of six Facebook and five Instagram accounts, the network only managed to gain 60 followers on Instagram.

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