Facebook said it had removed Facebook about 650 pages, groups and accounts linked to influence midterm election in United State of America in November. The accounts are said to have emanated from Iran and Russia created to coordinated political influence campaigns on US election.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he removed 652 pages, groups and accounts for “inauthentic behavior” that originated in Iran and targeted people with news and information including political content in the U.S., U.K., Middle East and Latin America. In addition, an undisclosed number of pages, groups and accounts linked to sources the U.S. government previously identified as Russian military intelligence services also were removed.
The Social Media giant noted that “Some of this activity originated in Iran, and some originated in Russia,” Facebook said Tuesday in a blog post. “These were distinct campaigns and we have not identified any link or coordination between them. However, they used similar tactics by creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing.”
“We believe these pages, groups and accounts were part of two sets of campaigns,” Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, said in a conference call with reporters late Tuesday. “First a set of activity from Iran, including some with ties to state-owned media, and second a set of activity that the U.S. government and others have publicly linked to Russian military intelligence services.”