Facebook, Twitter dismantle disinformation campaigns tied to Iran and Russia

Introduction — August 23, 2018

The Internet clampdown continues apace. It recently manifest in a campaign to silence Alex Jones and has now expanded to include Facebook and Twitter accounts linked to Russia and Iran.
According to Mark Zuckerberg, the social media’s CEO, Facebook accounts linked to Russia and Iran have been tied to “disinformation campaigns” run by both governments.
Whether they are or not is a moot point. After all much that was posted on corporate media websites about Saddam’s WMD prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq could be seen as “disinformation“.
However Facebook didn’t complain about those reports, even though subsequent events proved that many of them were entirely false and part of a “disinformation campaign” against Iraq.
In other words, the social media giants have become rather selective in what they will, and won’t, allow. Raising questions about their independence and objectivity. Apart from silencing Alex Jones, Internet giants have also teamed up with the Anti-Defamation League to fight “internet hate”.
The Anti-Defamation League has a questionable past, being founded on the case of Leo Max Frank, a serial rapist-paedophile, and strangler, who was indicted for murdering one of his child labourers, 13-year-old, Mary Phagan.
That’s not exactly the firmest foundation for an organisation that purportedly champions human rights, particularly when the murder is still disputed today.
Since then the ADL’s main aim has been to “protect the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment to all“, even as the Zionist state has clamped down on Palestinians. Like the social media giants, the Anti-Defamation League has been very selective in what it chooses to target, and what it opts to support.
Far from being a defender of human rights, the ADL has sought to control politicians and public debate in order to fulfil its own particular agenda.
Now Facebook has taken down accounts linked to Iran over what the social media giant describes as “inauthentic behaviour“. Facebook doesn’t elaborate on what precisely constitutes “inauthentic behaviour” but let’s just say that the term resonates with political correctness.
The corporate media has dutifully echoed charges that Iran was spreading “disinformation” via social media.
All of which prompts the question: were the Iranian accounts taken down on the advice of the ADL?
Whether they were or not, they weren’t the only accounts Facebook acted against. It also took down accounts linked to Russia for the same reason.
Teaming up with a Zionist campaign group like the ADL, banning Alex Jones and closing Russian and Iranian accounts for “inauthentic behaviour”, all suggest a hidden, political agenda. Meaning that Google, Facebook and other internet giants might not be the disinterested parties they claim to be. They may in fact be working in close cahoots with Western governments and the REAL powers behind them. Ed.

Facebook, Twitter dismantle disinformation campaigns tied to Iran and Russia

Paresh Dave, Christopher Bing — Reuters August 22, 2018

Facebook Inc (FB.O), Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) and Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) collectively removed hundreds of accounts tied to an alleged Iranian propaganda operation on Tuesday, while Facebook took down a second campaign it said was linked to Russia.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg with Angela Merkel. Click to enlarge

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg with Angela Merkel. Click to enlarge

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the accounts identified on his company’s platform were part of two separate campaigns, the first from Iran with some ties to state-owned media, the second linked to sources that Washington has previously named as Russian military intelligence services.

“Such claims are ridiculous and are part and parcel of U.S. public calls for regime change in Iran, and are an abuse of social media platforms,” said Alireza Miryousefi, spokesman for the Iranian mission to the United Nations.

The Kremlin rejected Facebook’s accusations. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Moscow did not understand the basis for such statements and that they looked like “carbon copies” of previous allegations that Moscow has denied.

Global social media companies are seeking to guard against political interference on their platforms amid rising concerns about foreign attempts to disrupt the U.S. midterm elections in November.

The United States earlier this year indicted 13 Russians on charges they attempted to meddle in U.S. politics, but the alleged Iranian activity, exposed by cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc (FEYE.O), suggests the problem may be more widespread.

“It really shows it’s not just Russia that engages in this type of activity,” Lee Foster, an information operations analyst with FireEye, told Reuters.

FireEye said the Iranian campaign used a network of fake news websites and fraudulent social media personas spread across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Plus and YouTube, to push narratives in line with Tehran’s interests.

The activity was aimed at users in the United States, Britain, Latin America and the Middle East up to and through this month, FireEye said. It included “anti-Saudi, anti-Israeli, and pro-Palestinian themes,” as well as advocacy of policies favorable to Iran, such as the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal.

FireEye said the Iranian activity did not appear “dedicated” to influencing the upcoming election, though some of the posts aimed at U.S. users did adopt “left-leaning identities” and took stances against U.S. President Donald Trump.

That activity “could suggest a more active attempt to influence domestic U.S. political discourse” is forthcoming, Foster said, but “we just haven’t seen that yet.”


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