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Tue May 28, 2019, 03:14 PM

Fake social media accounts spread pro-Iran, anti-Trump messages during 2018 election: FireEye

Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS MAY 28, 2019 / 3:05 PM / UPDATED 42 MINUTES AGO

Fake social media accounts spread pro-Iran, anti-Trump messages during 2018 election: FireEye

Christopher Bing
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(Reuters) - A network of fake social media accounts impersonated political candidates and journalists to spread messages in support of Iran and against U.S. President Donald Trump around the 2018 congressional elections, cybersecurity firm FireEye said on Tuesday.

The findings show how unidentified, possibly government-backed, groups could manipulate social media platforms to promote stories and other content that can influence the opinions of American voters, the researchers said.

This particular operation was largely focused on promoting “anti-Saudi, anti-Israeli, and pro-Palestinian themes,” according to the report by FireEye.

The campaign was organized through a series of fake personas that created various social media accounts, including on Twitter and Facebook. Most of these accounts were created last year and have since been taken down, the report said.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-socialmedia/fake-social-media-accounts-spread-pro-iran-anti-trump-messages-during-2018-election-fireeye-idUSKCN1SY26Q

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