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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Facebook Is Taking Action to Counter Iranian Influence Operations

Politics

Meriam H. Helal

Wed, 05 Sep 2018 09:52 GMT

Facebook announced that it has taken steps to weaken an Iranian influence operation targeting internet users around the world. The social media site announced earlier this week that it had identified several new influence campaigns across its platform as part of a broader Iranian effort to covertly sway public opinion in other countries.

A recent investigation found out that Tehran's influence operations uncovered an extensive network of anonymous websites and social media accounts spanning Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube in 11 different languages.

In a statement on Monday September 3rd, a Facebook spokesperson said, “While we're making progress rooting out abuse, it's an ongoing challenge because the people responsible are determined and well-funded. We constantly have to improve to stay ahead. That means building better technology, hiring more people, and working more closely with law enforcement, security experts, and other companies. Their collaboration is critical to our investigations since no one company can fight this on their own."


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