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Hundreds of Facebook – and Twitteraccounts lifted to propaganda

SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook and Twitter have hundreds of accounts taken offline due to misinformation and co-ordinated influence. The 652 pages on Facebook are mainly from Russia and Iran. The largest part of the 284 accounts on Twitter comes from Iran. 254 pages on Facebook are from Iran, 116 Instagramaccounts with propaganda in Iran created.

The creators of the pages have between 2012 and 2017, approximately 12,000 euro spent on marketing and advertising on the social media.

The companies received a tip from cyberveiligheidsbedrijf FireEye. The accounts are distributed according to Twitter and Facebook lies in the United States and the United Kingdom. It was also a lot of Iranian propaganda posted on the pages.

The social media have the news on the night of Tuesday on Wednesday announced. Facebook says to cooperate with the police in the investigation of the pages.

The manipulation and misinformation that was spread was not specifically focused on the American elections later this year, reports FireEye.

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