Facebook announced the removal of 82 pages, groups and links linked to Iran, as well as accounts for coordinated, unauthorized behavior targeting US and UK citizens on both Facebook and Instagram.
This is not the first time that Facebook removes Pages, groups, and accounts that are detected as being controlled by Iranian nationals who appear as other entities, since 21 in August removed other 652 accounts.
In the case of 82 accounts deactivated today, Facebok concluded that they appear to be supposedly US and UK citizens by publishing content about the President's opposition, racial relations and immigration to influence the public's opinion on various issues .
In addition, as Facebook stated in its press release, the accounts that were removed today were somewhat overlapping with some pages, groups, and accounts that were disabled on August 21.
"The threat intelligence team first detected this activity a week ago," the report says. "As a result of the elections, we took action as soon as we completed our initial investigation and shared the information with government officials USA and the United Kingdom, the US law enforcement system, Congress, other technology companies, and the Atlantic Crime Digital Research Laboratory. "
Facebook also disabled 652 Facebok and Instagram August 21 for coordinated non-authentic behavior.
Iranian accounts that were trying to hide their identity and appear as American or English-born people were eventually exposed after a manual review by Facebook security experts.
Over 20.000 Facebook employees are now working to ensure that all users are safe and protected from false news and atypical behaviors on a daily basis.
In addition, the social network also works closely with security experts from other companies as well as with governments and legal services to ensure that coordinated non-authentic behavior stops in the early stages.