Facebook removed 1,259 accounts, pages and groups from its main app as well as Instagram in September for manipulating public debate. In Iran, it removed 93 Facebook accounts, 14 Pages, 15 groups and 194 Instagram accounts that specifically targeted domestic customers in that country, especially in Lorestan. The company said in a statement, “We found this activity as part of our internal investigation into suspicious coordinated unauthentic behavior in this area and linked it to individuals affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.”
In September, Facebook removed two networks from Sudan and Iran. Both the networks were somehow connected with the military organizations of their respective countries. Each targeted the domestic population to praise the military and criticize the opposing factions. “This is the first convert-effect operation that we have disrupted in Iran, which is focused almost entirely inside the country and is run by individuals affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,” Facebook said.
In Sudan, Facebook removed 116 pages, 666 Facebook accounts, 69 groups and 92 Instagram accounts. The company said, “We found this activity as part of an internal investigation into suspicious coordinated unauthentic behavior in the area and linked it to the Sudanese Rapid Support Forces, a paramilitary group run by the Sudanese government.”
Facebook invests more than $ 13 billion for security
Social media platform Facebook said in September that it was continuously working on fixing users’ security and had invested more than $13 billion since 2016 on fix teams and technology for the region. The social media company said that with the help of its latest artificial intelligence, it has closed three billion fake Facebook accounts during the first 6 months of this year. This comment from Facebook comes at a time when the US company has failed to fix the flaws despite being pointed out on several occasions.
“We strongly believe that our ongoing research and conversations about impact are one of the few effective ways to identify and overcome new issues,” Facebook said in a blogpost on Tuesday. Gaya that the company currently has 40,000 people working on the security of users. Over $13 billion has been invested in teams and technology in this area since 2016.
(IANS/ with language input)
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