Facebook removes Iran-linked accounts followed by more than 1 million people

Facebook announced today that it has found more suspicious behavior on platforms linked to its ongoing Iranian impact campaign. Overall, Facebook's security team removed 82 pages, groups and accounts disguised as US, sometimes British citizens and organizations. Facebook banned "coordinated unofficial behavior" on the platform, and immediately banned all instances of the network it discovered because it was close to US midterm elections.

The existence of an Iranian influence campaign to unravel the divisions of the United States and boost tensions was first unveiled in August, and Google also found evidence of a similar spread on YouTube. "Despite an attempt to hide their true identity, a direct review of this account has linked their activities with Iran, and we also found some overlap with Iranian accounts and pages removed in August," Writes Nathaniel Gleicher, Cyber ​​Security Policy Officer. "But it is still in its infancy and we can not clearly say that it has nothing to do with the Iranian government."

I have removed my account and 3 groups, and found that I found 16 new accounts in Instagram. Your account and page spent less than $ 100 on your ad, and only hosted or co-hosted a total of seven events. But about 1 million people followed at least one page and about 25,000 people joined at least one group. In Instagram, approximately 28,000 people tracked at least one of their Iranian accounts. The initial account was written in June 2016, but Gleicher, who was most active last year, told reporters at a news conference this morning.

As seen in the widespread Russian operations that affect the US elections in 2016, these efforts have been designed to raise the tension for the country's top priorities, such as immigration and racial relations. Facebook has provided examples of these pages and posts posted by your account, and many people profess anti-trumpet sentiments or commentary on recent controversies such as a nomination hearing by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. It is unclear whether pro-trump and anti-trump post are equal numbers, but it is important that they appear to have been designed to invoke current discrepancies rather than spread one-sidedly through political channels.

To conduct such an operation and to identify suspicious behavior regarding campaign spending and other election-related issues, Facebook recently set up a "war room" focused on Menlo Park, California, . , Instagram, and WhatsApp. "It will be a continuing arms race," Katie Harbath, Facebook's director of world politics and government, said in an interview earlier this month with The Verge . "This is our new summit, the bad actor will be more sophisticated about what he does, and we will have to be more sophisticated to catch them."

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