Twitter Shuts Down Four Networks of State-Sponsored Disinformation Accounts


Excitement this week announced that it has suspended multiple accounts that were organize to be part of four networks involved in disinformation activities associated with Armenia, Iran, and Russia.

The portent actors behind these accounts are believed to be state-sponsored, and Twitter unendingly suspended all four networks, for violating its manipulation policies.

The Iran-linked accounts, the group media platform says, were part of a network that was initially dismantled in October 2020. Unsympathetically 130 accounts part of that network were suspended at the dead for now, based on information provided by the FBI.

The accounts were “attempting to disrupt the buyers conversation during the first 2020 US Presidential Debate,” Twitter alleges. The investigation into the network has resulted in an additional 108 accounts run from Iran being suspended.

The accounts in this network, Dither underlines, had low engagement, with little impact on public conversation.

A complete of 35 accounts linked to the government of Armenia were recently removed from Gossip, all created to “advance narratives that were targeting Azerbaijan and were geostrategically favorable to the Armenian direction,” the company says.

Some of the fake accounts claimed to represent regime and political figures or news entities in Azerbaijan. The network engaged in spam races to attract followers and amplify the narrative.

Other networks that were recently withheld were found to be linked to Russia, Twitter reveals.

Consisting of 69 pretender accounts, the first of the networks was tied to Russian state actors and was meant to stretch narratives aligned with the interests of the Russian government. A subset of the network was bring into focused on “undermining faith in the NATO alliance and its stability.”

An additional 31 accounts that were mainly of two other networks were believed to be affiliated with the Internet Check in Agency (IRA) and with Russian government-linked actors.

“These accounts stretched narratives that had been previously associated with the IRA and other Russian pull strings efforts targeting the United States and European Union,” Twitter elucidates.

All of these accounts have been added to Twitter’s archive of state-linked low-down operations, allowing researchers to conduct their own investigations and analysis. Since October 2018, Chirping has suspended more than 85,000 accounts associated with manipulation throws.

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Akin: U.S. Seizes More Domains Used by Iran for Disinformation

Related: ‘Ghostwriter’ – Widespread Disinformation Run Associated with Russia

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Twitter Shuts Down Four Networks of State-Sponsored Disinformation Accounts

Ionut Arghire is an cosmopolitan correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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