Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc blocked collectively hundreds of accounts on Tuesday which is related to the alleged Iranian campaign, while Facebook removed another campaign, which was linked to Russia.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that his company was part of two separate campaigns in the accounts identified on the forum, before Iran there were some relations with the state-owned media, the second was linked to sources, which Washington first Russian military was designated as intelligence services.
Officials of Iran, where the holiday to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha festival, were not immediately available for the comment.But Moscow has repeatedly denied using hacking or fake social media accounts to influence them for the foreign elections. The Russian Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to the request for any of the comments.
Lee Foster an information operations analyst with FireEye told Reuters that “It really shows that it is not just Russia who is involved in such activity,”
FireEye said that the Iranian campaign used a network of fake news websites spread over Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Plus and YouTube, and fraudulent social media persons so that the stories could be pushed according to Tehran’s interests.