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Facebook and Twitter remove thousands of fake accounts

By Jamie Harris

Facebook and Twitter have taken action on thousands of fake accounts and pages thought to be linked to Iran, Venezuela and Russia in the latest crackdown on political manipulation across social media.

Facebook said it had removed a total of 783 pages, groups and accounts "engaging in co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour tied to Iran" using re-purposed news stories from Iranian state media, about topics such as Israel-Palestine relations and the conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

"We're taking these down based on their behaviour, not the content they post," said Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity policy at Facebook.

Twitter also announced it had taken action against thousands of malicious accounts in the run up to the US midterm elections in November.

"The majority were proactively suspended in advance of election day due to the increasingly robust nature of our technology and internal tooling for identifying platform manipulation," said Carlos Monje Jnr, Twitter's director of public policy.

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