Facebook has stated that, while Russia did create fake accounts and pages to influence other countries’ politics, the Eastern European nation wasn’t the only country to do so.
Facebook’s latest takedown, which involved 650 accounts, identified users which were based in several other countries across the globe.
Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy wrote about these findings in a blog entry for the company’s “newsroom.”
We’ve removed 652 Pages, groups and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior that originated in Iran and targeted people across multiple internet services in the Middle East, Latin America, UK and U.S.”
His statement demonstrates that the U.S. isn’t the only country which has been affected by social media cyber attacks.
In fact, most of the pages which were taken down during Facebook’s last raid were focused on influencing Syrian and Ukrainian politics. Many of the pages featured “pro-Russian and pro-Assad content.”
According to FireEye, a cybersecurity research firm which helped Facebook with its latest findings, commonalities between the Iranian accounts included:
… anti-Saudi, anti-Israeli, and pro-Palestinian themes, as well as support for specific U.S. policies favorable to Iran, such as the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA.)”
Oddly, many fake accounts often disguised themselves as supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders. Many of the accounts shared links to fake news websites which were merely used to spread propaganda.
Twitter recently engaged in a similar takedown, as well. The company notified its users of the takedown via tweet. The post read:
Working with our industry peers today, we have suspended 284 accounts from Twitter for engaging in coordinated manipulation. Based on our existing analysis, it appears many of these accounts originated from Iran.”
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