Facebook and Twitter have deleted numerous accounts for spreading rumors and false information. Most accounts are in Russia and Iran. It is alleged that they were working to influence the US midterm election.
Facebook and Twitter authorities said that these accounts were being operated for unreasonable and malicious purposes.
On Tuesday, Facebook announced that it deleted six hundred pages, groups and accounts. The reason is that their behavior is not trustworthy. According to the information provided by them, many of these accounts or pages have the involvement of Russia’s military detectives. There are also several accounts managed by Iran whose behavior is suspicious.
But Facebook authorities could not confirm whether the accounts of Russia and Iran are doing anything. But their strategy is similar, said Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg himself.
He said, “We are working very closely with US law enforcement organizations in this investigation.”
One day after announcing of Microsoft to counter the cyber-attacks against Conservative groups of the United States, Facebook and Twitter also announced of removing account. On Tuesday, Facebook authorities said they noticed confusing behavior of multiple accounts. They are links to that campaign with the campaign from Iran and Russia. The matter has been investigated for a few months.
In a statement of Facebook, it said, “We have stopped such behavior. Because, we want people to believe in who they will be associated with. But the investigation is still going on. The campaign was run over various Internet service providers in the Middle East, Latin America, United Kingdom and the United Kingdom.”
Meanwhile, Twitter also announced that they removed 284 accounts. Most of them were being driven from Iran, they said. They complain that they are misbehaving with information. From Twitter, this initiative is called ‘Coordinated Manipulation’.
Cyber-security firm FireEye has warned Facebook and Twitter about the activities on their platform.
The organization has given the statement, “Their mission is not only to influence the United States in the midterm elections, but also to go deeper than the American people and politics.”
FireEye has claimed that Iran is using fake sites and social media to implement the political connotation, these false informations are spreading to the UK, Middle East and Latin America as well as the United States.
According to Facebook information, a group they have identified, one of them is Liberty Front Press. There are approximately 1 million 55 thousand Facebook and Instagram accounts related to it
By examine their website registration, IP address and administrator accounts it is proved that they have interaction to Iran’s govt. media.
According to the FireEye, anti-Saudi, anti-Israel and on behalf of Palestine propaganda was spread from Iran. Facebook and Twitter have increased their efforts to stop spreading false information in their platforms.
Specially, this activity has increased because a part of members of United States Parliament midterm election is very close.
Source: Deutsche Welle