Iran found spreading misinformation online

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Facebook released a statement saying they have removed hundreds of accounts and pages after they were found spreading misinformation on the social networking site.

Facebook says FireEye, a cybersecurity firm, alerted them about the Iranian accounts and pages.

The Iranian efforts date back to 2011 and involved Facebook and Instagram.It eventually expanded to Twitter and Youtube as well, reports The Washington Post.

Facebook says it removed a total of 652 pages, accounts, and groups which were linked to Iran.

Facebook claims some of the accounts were linked to Iran's state-owned media.

Apparently, the fake Iranian accounts used Facebook to organize events and purchase ads on the website.

The accounts included themes such as "anti-Saudi, anti-Israeli, and pro-Palestinians."

They also seemed to advocate policies that were favorable to Iran.

Twitter said it had removed 284 accounts for "coordinated manipulation," saying the accounts appeared to have originated from Iran.

According to reports from The Independent, the fake accounts were found to target users specifically in the US, UK, Latin America and the Middle East.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. We see the Iranian flag as well as different websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.
2. We see the homepage on Facebook, 652 was written to represent the amount of pages removed.
3. A depiction of how the Iranians spread information online through purchasing ads and creating events.
4. We see a Twitter page, 284 was written to represent the amount of pages removed on the website.

VOICEOVER (in English):
"The Washington Post reports the Iranian efforts to spread misinformation date back to 2011 and involved Facebook and Instagram.It eventually expanded to Twitter and Youtube as well."

"Facebook says it removed a total of 652 pages, accounts, and groups which were linked to Iran."

"Apparently, the fake Iranian accounts used Facebook to organize events and purchase ads on the website."

"Twitter said it had removed 284 accounts for 'coordinated manipulation,' saying the accounts appeared to have originated from Iran."

SOURCES: The Independent, The Washington Post, Newsroom Facebook, Reuters, CNN, Bloomberg
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/facebook-twitter-google-misinformation-campaign-latest-iran-russia-a8502146.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/08/21/russian-iran-created-facebook-pages-groups-accounts-mislead-users-around-world-company-says/?utm_term=.835e90c2b4db

https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/08/more-coordinated-inauthentic-behavior/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-russia-usa/facebook-twitter-dismantle-disinformation-campaigns-tied-to-iran-and-russia-idUSKCN1L62FD

https://money.cnn.com/2018/08/21/technology/facebook-disinformation-iran-russia/index.html
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-21/facebook-says-it-removed-influence-campaigns-from-iran-russia