Twitter, Facebook Removed Thousands Of Fake Accounts

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Published on January 31, 2019 - Duration: 01:09s

Twitter, Facebook Removed Thousands Of Fake Accounts

The social media companies said Thursday that the accounts in question were linked to Russia, Iran and Venezuela.

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Twitter, Facebook Removed Thousands Of Fake Accounts

Twitter and Facebook outlined combined action Thursday that they've taken to combat the spread of political misinformation attempts on their platforms.  Twitter said  it's removed thousands of troll accounts likely linked to Russia, Iran and Venezuela, with some as recently as this month.  Most of those  were taken down ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, but the company said the latest Russian batch aligned with the Kremlin-backed  Internet Research Agency  strategies from 2016.  Working with Twitter,  Facebook removed  783 Facebook and Instagram accounts tied to Iran for "coordinated inauthentic behavior." That activity appeared to span from at least 2014 through 2018.  This isn't  the first time  the social media giants have made announcements about foreign account takedowns.

The industry's faced  increased scrutiny  for its role in election meddling during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  Both companies have since  launched efforts  to help prevent the spread of political disinformation, especially surrounding  election events .  According to Twitter, the 2018 midterms were the most tweeted-about midterm elections in U.S. history.

It says there were more than 99 million tweets from the beginning of the primaries through Election Day. 

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