Facebook and Twitter announced the removal of hundreds of accounts and pages linked to disinformation campaigns originating in Iran and Russia. Facebook stated that they removed “652 pages, groups and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior that originated in Iran and targeted people across multiple internet services in the Middle East,
“Twitter bots are becoming more sophisticated, at the same time that Trump administration officials are warning of an ongoing Russian disinformation campaign fueled by automated social media accounts. A wave of Twitter accounts are spoofing celebrity profiles, engaging in fraud and using verified profiles that have been hacked, according to
Two months ahead of election time, new transparency measures by Facebook and Twitter have suggested that large amounts of bots are being used to amplify messages, spread misinformation, create artificial consensus, or influence voter turnout. A recent analysis found that 52% of accounts using #PMLN hashtags and 46% of accounts
Twitter suspending over 1 million accounts per day in effort to fight fake accounts and disinformation
Twitter suspended over 70 million accounts in May and June, as it increases efforts to clamp down on fake accounts and disinformation. This rate is more than double that from mid-2017, prior to the disclosure of Russian use of fake accounts to foment political instability and influence the 2016 election.
This article demonstrates how social media is a tool for modern information-age warfare. It builds on analysis of three distinct topics: social networking, propaganda, and news and information sharing. Two case studies are used to show how state and non-state actors use social media to employ time-tested propaganda techniques to