san francisco - Facebook and Twitter have taken hundreds of accounts offline because of misinformation and coordinated influence. The 652 pages on Facebook are mainly from Russia and Iran. Most of the 284 accounts on Twitter come from Iran. 254 pages on Facebook are from Iran, 116 Instagram accounts with propaganda have been created in Iran.
The makers of the pages spent about 12,000 euros on social media advertising between 2012 and 2017.
The companies received a tip from cyber security company FireEye. The accounts spread according to Twitter and Facebook untruths in the United States and the United Kingdom. Many Iranian propaganda was also placed on the pages.
The social media have published the news in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday. Facebook says to cooperate with the police in the investigation of the pages.
The manipulation and misinformation that was distributed was not specifically aimed at the US elections later this year, FireEye reports.