Facebook suspended a Russian network of one Facebook account and fifty Instagram accounts on Monday. Messages about the American elections were posted via these accounts. It seemed to be profiles of American citizens, but according to the company they were managed from Russia.
According to Facebook, the tactics of the network correspond to the activities of the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the Russian "troll factory" that wanted to influence the US presidential election in 2016.
For example, messages were spread through the accounts on political topics such as elections, political candidates, the environment, racism and LGBTI topics. There were both conservative and liberal-looking accounts.
"The operation focused primarily on the American public debate and was active on political issues that are challenging and sometimes lead to divisions," said Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cyber security policy at Facebook. "But I cannot say exactly what their purpose was."
Facebook also removes three networks from Iran
Facebook also removed three networks from Iran on Monday. The networks are said to have focused on the US, Latin America and North Africa.
The three networks are associated with previously deleted Iranian accounts. In August 2018, Facebook removed dozens of accounts linked to an Iranian operation using the Liberty Front Press name.
All accounts have been deleted due to "coordinated misleading behavior". Facebook means that the owners were not honest about their identity.