Facebook and Twitter have removed hundreds of accounts believed to be tied to Russia and Iran. The social media giants are under pressure to crack down on disinformation campaigns aimed at disrupting the US midterms.
Facebook Inc announced on Tuesday that it had deleted as many 650 pages, groups and accounts after it found signs of inauthentic user behavior on its site and on Instagram.
The social media company said several of the accounts belonged to sources identified as part of Russia’s military intelligence services, while a host of uncovered suspicious activities also originated from Iran.
Facebook said there was no evidence that the disinformation tactics originating from Russia and Iran were in anyway linked. However, both were found to have employed similar tactics when it came to creating “networks of accounts misleading people about what they were doing,” Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg said, adding that the company was “working closely with US law enforcement in this investigation.”
Also on Tuesday, Twitter said it had suspended 284 accounts, mostly originating from Iran, for attempting to engage in coordinated manipulation.