Facebook, Twitter take down fake accounts linked to Iran, Venezuela

Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. said on Thursday that they removed hundreds of fake accounts from Iran and Venezuela spreading misinformation on their social-media platforms.

Twitter TWTR, +4.03%  released a report stating that it had recently removed 764 accounts linked to Venezuela, which sent nearly 1 million Twitter messages ahead of the 2018 midterm election in the U.S., some of which were politically themed.

For Facebook FB, +10.82% , the 783 fake accounts that were removed originated in Iran and focused primarily on reaching users in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, said Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy.

U.S. social media companies have been waging a continuing battle against false information on their platforms in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election. The 2016 meddling mainly stemmed from Russia, according to U.S. authorities, but fake accounts originating in other nations have been discovered since then.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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