"As with prior investigations, we are committed to engaging with other companies and relevant law enforcement entities", Twitter said.
Microsoft Corp says hackers linked to Russia's Government have sought to launch cyber attacks on USA political groups, while Facebook and Twitter suspend hundreds of Iran and Russia-linked accounts in a sting on "coordinated inauthentic behaviour".
This marked the first time another nation-state actor, Iran, was implicated in a campaign which mimicked previous Kremlin-linked efforts to stir political discord around hot-button social issues.
While Russia created bogus social media accounts to sow distrust in the American political system, at times promoting conflicting protests at the same time and place, newly revealed accounts linked to Iran appear to have focused on promoting that country's interests overseas, especially to Western liberals.Читайте также: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ author Kevin Kwan a wanted man in Singapore
Turns out Russian intelligence agencies aren't the only ones using Facebook for disinformation campaigns: The social media giant announced Tuesday afternoon that it had been able to identify and remove several hundred pages and accounts associated with Iranian state media.
Around 813,000 accounts followed at least one of this group's pages and more than 10,000 accounts followed at least one of its Instagram pages. "Based on our existing analysis, it appears many of these accounts originated from Iran", Twitter said. The activity we have uncovered is significant, and demonstrates that actors beyond Russian Federation continue to engage in and experiment with online, social media-driven influence operations to shape political discourse.
In one disinformation campaign, FireEye saw inauthentic social media accounts pretending to be supporters of Sen. In other instances, similar accounts promoted Iranian political interests, such as supporting the nuclear deal that President Trump pulled out of this year. Some 155,000 accounts followed at least one of the pages, and from January 2015 through August 2018, more than $6,000 was spent on Facebook and Instagram ads, paid for in USA and Australian dollars.
Postings cited by FireEye expressed praise for USA politicians and other Twitter users who criticized the Trump administration's decision in May to abandon the Iranian nuclear pact, under which Iran had agreed to curb its nuclear weapons program in exchange for loosening of sanctions.
Facebook has been working to safeguard global elections from foreign interference since it discovered, months after Donald Trump's 2016 election as USA president, that Russian Federation had been waging a campaign to influence voters, reaching about 150 million Facebook users in the process.
Through the investigation, Facebook said it linked the network to Iranian state media using website registration information, as well as IP addresses and Facebook pages which had the same administrators.
All the pages, groups, and accounts that were taken down were said to be involved in different suspicious activities not just on Facebook but on Instagram as well.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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