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Facebook, Twitter remove sites promoting Iranian propaganda



SAN FRANCISCO – (Reuters) – Facebook Inc. ( FB.O ) and Twitter Inc. ( TWTR.N ) said on Tuesday that they each removed about 300 accounts most of them were in Iran and found to be engaged in coordinated "untrue behavior".

FILE PHOTO: The Facebook logo is reflected on a pair of women's glasses in this photo illustration from June 3, 201

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The social media companies responded to a tip from cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc ( FEYE.O ), which said on Tuesday that the reports would promote Iranian propaganda, including discussion of "Saudi Israeli and pro-Palestinian issues."

"We have 652 pages, groups and removes accounts of coordinated inauthentic behavior originating in Iran and targeting people across multiple Internet services in the Middle East, Latin America, the UK, and the US "Nathaniel Gleicher, Cyber ​​Security Policy Leader at Facebook, said in a blog post.

Twitter called the effort "coordinated manipulation".

The impact, as described by FireEye, began last year and continued this month, the company said in a blog post.

"It is important to note, however, that the activity is not specifically designed to influence the US midterm elections in 2018, as it goes well beyond American audiences and US policy," said FireEye.

The removal of the account takes place a few weeks after Facebook has deregistered accounts originating in Russia for fraudulent behavior. The company said on Tuesday that it had found additional inauthentic behavior in relation to Russia, but that the activity was not linked to the campaign associated with Iran.

coverage by Paresh Dave of San Francisco and Nikhil Subba of Bangalore; Edited by Leslie Adler

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