LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s (FB.(O) said on Monday it has suspended a network of Instagram accounts are operated from Russia, which is facing Americans are polarized on political messages ahead of next year’s presidential election, with the operators, which is presented as the people of the United States of america.
FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of the world’s mobile users have seen in addition to a projection screen of the Instagram logo in this photo illustration, March 28, 2018. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Image/File Photo
Facebook said that it had been suspended for three separate networks which operate out of Iran. The Russian network “which turned out to be a number of links to Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA), Facebook said, is an organization in Washington, said it was being used by Moscow to interfere in the 2016 US elections.
“We will see, this operation is targeting mainly US, public debate, and engage in the kind of political issues that can be challenging and, sometimes, to be a division in the U.S. right now,” said Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy.
“If that’s what you are doing, and a lot of what you’re doing on the subjects that are going to be the election. However, I can’t tell you exactly what their goal was.”
Facebook also announced new measures against foreign intervention, and misinformation ahead of the November 2020 election, including the labels, by the state-controlled media, as well as adding more protection to the elected representatives and the candidates who might be vulnerable targets for hacking.
U.S. security officials have warned that Russia, Iran, and other nations could attempt to influence the outcome of next year’s presidential election. Officials say they are on high alert for any signs of foreign influence in campaigns, and social media.
In moscow and Tehran, the allegations have repeatedly been denied.
Gleicher said that the IRA-linked network of 50 Instagram accounts and a Facebook account, and to collect the 246,000 people, about 60% of that of the United States of america.
In the earliest accounts, dating back to January of this year and the service appeared to have been “fairly immature in its development,” he said.
“They were mainly aimed at the general public-a building, this is the one thing you have to do if you have a kind of involved with the surgery.”
Ben Nimmo, a researcher with the social media analysis company, Graphika, which Facebook commissioned, the king’s flag on the accounts of shared content that can appeal to Republican and Democratic voters alike.
The majority of the reports has material that is written by a prominent conservative as well as progressive expertise. This includes the recycling of the comments in the first instance, shared on Twitter that the criticism of the U.S. congressman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, and the current President, Donald Trump.
“What’s interesting in this game, so a lot of what they have to do is copy-and-paste of the original material, the real Americans,” Nimmo told Reuters. “This can be interpreted as an attempt to conceal the linguistic and weaknesses, which makes them easier to find in the past.”
Lawyers for Concord Management and Consulting, LLC, has denied any wrongdoing. U.S. prosecutors say that the company is being managed by the Russian hotel and catering industry tycoon, Yevgeny Prigozhin, and assisted in the orchestration of the IRA’s activities.
Gleicher said that the separate Iran’s network, the team identified more than 100 are fake and hacked accounts on Facebook and Instagram to target its users in the US, and some of the French-speaking parts of North Africa. Some of the accounts are old, Iranian state-controlled media stories to the audience in a number of Latin American countries, including Venezuela, mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Mexico.
The event was connected to an Iranian campaign, and for the first time, identified in August of last year, Reuters revealed that the aim has been to direct internet users to a large network of pseudo-news sites that are repackaged as propaganda by the Iranian state-controlled media. (Link here).
These accounts are usually loaded with local politics, news and world politics, including such topics as public figures in the united states, the political situation in the US and Israel, support Palestine and the ongoing conflict in Yemen,” Facebook said.
Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Additional reporting by Elizabeth and Illustrator in San Francisco; Editing by Chris Reese, Tom Brown and David Gregorio