Facebook destroyed fake Iranian and Russian networks spreading political messages around the world

Facebook destroyed fake Iranian and Russian networks spreading political messages around the world

WASHINGTON – Facebook announced on Wednesday that it had recently removed separate networks of fake Iranian and Russian accounts attempting to promote pro-regime messages at home and stoke division in targeted countries like Israel, underlining the persistence of foreign influence campaigns on the platforms social media networks based in the United States.

One of the Iranian networks used fake accounts to target audiences in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel and the UK, posting memes, political cartoons and other content in Arabic, English, Pashto and Hebrew to in relation to news and domestic policy, Facebook mentionned.

This network promoted Scottish independence from the UK, criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and US influence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The Taliban and America are united against Afghanistan”, read the caption of a cartoon showing the Taliban and American flags straddling a map of the country. “Scotland deserves better”, read another.

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The Russian network included 530 fake Instagram accounts originating primarily from Russia and targeting a national audience as part of recent protests in support of Alexey Navalny, an anti-corruption activist and opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Up to 50,000 people have followed one or more accounts.

The Russian network used techniques called “hashtag poisoning” and “location poisoning”, posting …

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