ReutersOct 09, 2020 00:17:16 IST
LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc stated on Thursday they’d taken down greater than a dozen disinformation networks utilized by political and state-backed teams to deceive customers on the social media platforms in a number of nations.
In separate statements, the 2 corporations stated they’d recognized and suspended greater than 1,000 accounts between them, which used faux identities and different misleading behaviors to outspread false or deceptive info.
The networks introduced on Thursday focused customers in a wide selection of nations, together with the United States, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Thailand, Myanmar, Nigeria, the Philippines and Azerbaijan.
Facebook stated the people answerable for the sweeping disinformation exercise have been typically related to political teams who focused home audiences.
Twitter stated the 5 networks it had suspended have been individually linked to teams with ties to the governments of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Thailand and Russia.
After coming below heavy fire for failing to cease alleged Russian efforts to sway the 2016 U.S. election, Facebook and Twitter have introduced a string of high-profile takedowns within the weeks directing as much as this yr’s presidential vote.
In a number of cases, the social media corporations have performed with U.S. regulation enforcement to trace and dismantle political affect campaigns focusing on U.S. voters which have been attributed to international states, most notably Iran and Russia.
Tehran and Moscow have repeatedly denied the allegations.
(Reporting by Jack Stubbs in London and Christopher Bing in Washington; Editing by David Gregorio)
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