Citation

Facebook, Twitter take down disinformation campaigns linked to Iran, Russia, Venezuela

Author:
Lima, Christiano
Publication:
POLITICO
Year:
2019

Twitter and Facebook Thursday separately announced they're both taking down hundreds of pages linked to disinformation campaigns originating from Iran, Russia and Venezuela and targeting a wide swath of countries.

Iran was the source of the bulk of the activity that each platform targeted. Twitter removed 2,617 "malicious accounts" that may have originated in Iran, the company said in a blog post. Facebook said in its own blog post that it suspended 783 Iranian pages and accounts on its platforms, including Instagram, for "engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior."