Facebook removes 1,259 malicious accounts, pages and groups in September
San Francisco: Facebook deleted 1,259 accounts, pages and groups from its main application as well as Instagram in September for manipulating public debate.
In Iran, it deleted 93 Facebook accounts, 14 Pages, 15 Groups, and 194 Instagram accounts that primarily targeted domestic audiences in that country, particularly in Lorestan province.
“We discovered this activity as part of our internal investigation into alleged inauthentic coordinated behavior in the region and linked it to individuals associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,” the company said in a statement.
In September, Facebook deleted two networks from Sudan and Iran.
The two networks were in a way linked to the military organizations of their respective countries. Each has targeted national populations to praise the military and criticize opposing factions.
“This is the first covert influence operation that we have halted in Iran, which was focused almost entirely inside the country and was led by individuals linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,” said Facebook.
In Sudan, Facebook deleted 116 pages, 666 Facebook accounts, 69 groups and 92 Instagram accounts.
“We discovered this activity as part of our internal investigation into alleged inauthentic coordinated behavior in the region and linked it to the Sudanese Rapid Support Forces, a paramilitary group run by the Sudanese government,” the company said.