Facebook and Twitter removed hundreds of fake pages

Wednesday 22 August 2018

Both Facebook and Twitter removed about 300 accounts related to coordinated manipulation – most from Iran.

Facebook states that they have removed a total of 652 pages, groups and accounts from Iran that stood behind coordinated manipulation. It says Yahoo! Web Security Manager, Facebook, Nathaniel Gleicher in a blog update.

According to Reuters, Twitter has removed about 300 fake accounts – most of these linked to Iran. Twitter says the accounts are involved in what they call coordinated manipulation. The accounts must have promoted Iranian propaganda, including anti-Saudi, anti-Israeli and pro-Palestinian themes.

Washington Post writes that the misleading information was aimed at the audience in many countries – the Middle East, Latin America, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Washington Post writes that the campaign dates back to 2011 and has ties to state Iranian media, according to Facebook. WP also writes that hundreds of accounts, including Facebook’s sister media Instagram, will apply.

Facebook should also have deleted some fake accounts from Russia, which has nothing to do with the Iranian accounts.

Facebook has promised to curb this type of abuse of the social platform. Last month, the company announced that they had uncovered and removed 32 such fake pages and accounts.

The news comes the same day US President Donald Trump said it’s “very dangerous” for social media companies like Twitter and Facebook to trick users.

In a series of Twitter reports, Trump claimed on Saturday that “social media discriminates against Republican and conservative voices”. He claims, among other things, that social media closes accounts to people on the right side “while they do not do anything about others”.

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