Coordinated inauthentic behavior’ – Facebook is down hundreds of accounts associated with Russia and Iran

  • Coordinated inauthentic behavior’ – Facebook is down hundreds of accounts associated with Russia and Iran
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    Facebook has identified and banned several accounts engaged in misleading political behaviour ahead of the US mid-term elections in November.
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Facebook has identified and banned several accounts engaged in misleading political behaviour ahead of the US mid-term elections in November.

The social network said Tuesday that it was removed 652 pages, groups and accounts associated with Russia and, unexpectedly, Iran, for “a coordinated false behavior”, which provide for the exchange of political material.

Shortly after the Facebook announcement, Twitter revealed that it has also suspended accounts for 284 of the “coordinated manipulation”, many of them apparently come from Iran.

Facebook has significantly stepped up patrols of its platform since last year, when he acknowledged that Russian agents successfully political influence operations on Facebook, aimed at swaying the presidential election of 2016.

The social network said that it had not completed its review of the material and has refused to say how or why state-supported actors behaved as they did. But he said that he had informed the governments of the US and the UK, as well as U.S. Treasury and government agencies due to the ongoing sanctions against Iran.

CEO of Facebook mark Zuckerberg (Chris Ratcliffe/PA)

“There’s a lot we don’t know yet,” said chief Executive mark Zuckerberg said urgently convened conference with reporters Tuesday Afternoon.

Facebook said that the steps to delete pages, groups and accounts on Tuesday morning as a result of four studies, three involving Iran and one involving Russia.

The first of these is a group called liberty front press that to set up multiple accounts on Facebook and Instagram, which was followed by 155,000 other accounts.

The group was tied to Iranian state media on the basis of registration on a website, the IP addresses and administrator account, Facebook said. The first account was created in 2013 and published political content about the middle East, the UK and the USA, but to focus on the West has increased since the beginning of last year, Facebook said.

Fireeye, a cyber security company, which alerted Facebook to the freedom before the media called him the effect of the operation is clearly aimed at promoting the Iranian political interests“, including anti-Saudi, anti-Israel and Pro-Palestinian themes” and support us-Iran nuclear deal.

The President of the United States Donald trump brought us out of that agreement earlier this year.

While the group would not try to influence us in the medium term, said fireeye his analysis “does not preclude such an attempt.” Several social media people found it, belonging to the group pretended to be the liberal activists who supported Bernie Sanders.

The second group also had several accounts and 15,000 followers. The group was tied to the front of press freedom and tried to hack the accounts of people to spread malicious programs. Facebook said it thwarted these attempts.

The third group also acted out of Iran as 813,000 followers, and shared political content about the middle East, the UK and the USA.

Overall, the Iranian group linked spent 12 000 $in advertising, and conducted 28 different events.

The fourth group, who are trying to influence policy in Syria and Ukraine were connected to sources, Facebook has said that the United States was linked to Russian military intelligence.

“We are working closely with American law enforcement inquiry,” Facebook said in his blog.

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