Facebook informed it wiped out around hundreds of accounts from Iran which were involved in a wide-ranging manipulation campaign in more than 20 countries in the world. The largest social networking platform of the world also informed that it removed 783 pages, groups along with accounts “ for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior tied to Iran.” The pages were severely involved in the campaign for promoting the Iranian interests in various countries through the creation of the fake account on Facebook or Instagram, being fake residents of those nations, according to the statement by Nathaniel Gleicher, the leader of the cybersecurity policy at Facebook.
In a press conference, cybersecurity policy leader Nathaniel Gleicher told, ”We can prove that this is content emanating from Iran; controlled by actors in Iran, and most of the content is posted from Iran state media. But, we are not in the position to directly assert who the actor is in this case.” The declaration was the current by Facebook as it seeks to engrave efforts by the state actors and others to manipulate the social network using fake accounts.
Nathaniel Gleicher, the director of cybersecurity policy in Facebook also told, “ We are constantly working to detect and stop this type of activity because we don’t want our services to be used to manipulate people. In this case, the people behind this activity coordinated with one another and used fake accounts to misrepresent themselves, and that was the basis for our action.”
The director of cybersecurity policy in Facebook also added, “ The operators “typically represented themselves as locals, often using fake accounts, and posted news stories on current events,” including “commentary that repurposed Iranian state media’s reporting on topics like Israel-Palestine relations and the conflicts in Syria and Yemen”.
The Facebook team searched for additional moves linked to a large removal of Iran-linked content in August for the last year and merged with Twitter which allowed perceptions from the one-to-many messaging platform, according to the director of cybersecurity policy in Facebook.
According to Gleicher, “This is an encouraging example of the kind of collaboration we are working to build across the industry ”.