Facebook deleted a whopping 652 politically-focused accounts on August 21. The accounts were initially spotted by FireEye, a cybersecurity company. It is determined that the accounts have ties to Iran and Russia. The CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, said that it was uncovered that the forces behind the accounts were purposefully misleading social media users about their identities and intent. As a result of the findings, the popular social media web site banned the deceptive users.
- The cybersecurity firm, FireEye, was front and center in discovering numerous accounts and pages on Facebook with links to both Russia and Iran.
- A total of 652 fake accounts and pages, publishing political content, were found out and erased from the site.
- The New York Times was the first news organization to report on the fake online influence-peddlers
“Liberty Free Press also was linked to a set of pages that posed as news organizations while also hacking people?s accounts and spread malware.”