Twitter, Facebook Removed Thousands Of Fake Accounts Tied To Iran, Russia Before 2018 Mid-Terms
Both Twitter and Facebook have taken action to address malicious influence campaigns on their platforms. Twitter removed thousands of accounts that had actively tweeted on the 2018 U.S. midterm election, despite originating from countries such as Iran, Russia and Venezuela. Many of these accounts had already been suspended before the elections. The company claims that the influence operations were not as effective as those that had targeted the 2016 US presidential election.
Facebook took down hundreds of Facebook and Instagram pages, groups and accounts with millions of followers that were operated out of Iran.