Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Thursday, January 31, 2019

IRANIAN HACKERS; ONE MORE REASON TO ALWAYS DISCOUNT ANY NEWS ARTICLES ON FACEBOOK


Today's breaking news included the exposure of a vast Iranian Facebook news manipulation operation, which spanned mot only the Middle East, but Europe as well. Facebook dismantled or deactivated 783 pages and accounts for engaging in a disinformation campaign linked to Iran. Many of the articles tracked the Iranian slant on news, and were favorable regarding the Islamic Republic.

The operators created fake identities of "residents" in these nations:
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Bahrain
Egypt
France
Germany
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Libya
Mexico
Morocco
Pakistan
(others at end of article)



Compliance officers should not ever take, at face value, ANY news articles appearing on a Facebook page. One must always travel to the official source, which must be a legitimate, established news source, and never accept what someone on social media says is the article. We regard Facebook, as we do all social media and social networking sites, as valuable sources of images, for facial recognition software  purposes, but not for news. This Iranian operation is textbook information manipulation.
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*Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
South Africa
Spain
Sudan
Syria
Tunisia 
United States
Yemen


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