Fake News: Facebook, Twitter Commence Removal Of Accounts

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg poses a question during the CEO Summit. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Two social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter, has started removing groups, pages and individual users accounts suspected to be spreading fake news.

This is in cooperation with U.S law enforcement authorities which had during investigation, found a network linked to Iranian state media, which is reportedly posting manipulated contents about Britain and the U.S ever since 2017.

Facebook announced that 652 fake accounts has been taken down for displaying “coordinated inauthentic behaviour that originated in Iran and targeted people across multiple internet services in the Middle East, Latin America, UK and U.S.”

In a related development, Twitter has also removed nothing less than 284 fakes accounts mostly from Iran.

The social media giant in a post on Tuesday said, “Working with our industry peers today, we have suspended 284 accounts from Twitter for engaging in coordinated manipulation. Based on our existing analysis, it appears many of these accounts originated from Iran.”

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