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Technology Facebook shuts down Iran-based misinformation campaign targeting US

17:45  12 february  2020
17:45  12 february  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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Facebook continues to crack down on accounts exhibiting inauthentic behavior as a way to create The company's latest report shows it took down several accounts based in Iran that targeted the US . The social media platform said Wednesday it shut down six Facebook accounts and five

An online Iranian misinformation campaign targeting people in the US , UK, Latin America, and the Middle East was much bigger than previously thought. The news comes a day after Facebook shut down 652 pages related to coordinated Iranian misinformation , also thanks to a tip from FireEye.

Facebook continues to crack down on accounts exhibiting inauthentic behavior as a way to create political strife. The company's latest report shows it took down several accounts based in Iran that targeted the US.

a close up of a sign: Facebook stopped more accounts taking part in foreign interference. Angela Lang/CNET© Provided by CNET Facebook stopped more accounts taking part in foreign interference. Angela Lang/CNET

The social media platform said Wednesday it shut down six Facebook accounts and five Instagram accounts based in Iran that were part of a network attempting to create foreign interference in the US. Individuals used fake accounts to share political news stories, try to contact public officials and post in various groups. They focused on content dealing with the US elections, religion, immigration policy and other political issues.

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Facebook said Tuesday it stopped stealth misinformation campaigns from Iran and Russia, shutting down accounts as part of its battle against fake While the investigation was ongoing, and US law enforcement notified, content from some of the pages was traced back to Iran and from others linked

Facebook said Tuesday it stopped stealth misinformation campaigns from Iran and Russia, shutting down accounts as part of its battle against fake While the investigation was ongoing, and US law enforcement notified, content from some of the pages was traced back to Iran and from others linked

a screenshot of a cell phone: An example of one of the fake accounts Facebook removed. Facebook© Provided by CNET An example of one of the fake accounts Facebook removed. Facebook

Along with the fake accounts based in Iran, Facebook reported it shut down numerous Russia-based accounts targeting Ukraine and a campaign based in Vietnam and Myanmar focusing on Myanmar.

a close up of a logo: Facebook stopped more accounts taking part in foreign interference. © Angela Lang/CNET

Facebook stopped more accounts taking part in foreign interference.

In recent years, Facebook closed thousands of Iranian accounts and Russian accounts that were attempting foreign interference.

Originally published Feb. 12, 7:19 a.m. PT.

Update, 7:27 a.m. PT: Adds background details.

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