Apart from terrorism and internal repression, another means the Iranian regime takes advantage of to subdue its enemies, including the Mojahedin of Iran, is fake news. So far, several proxy accounts related to this regime have been discovered in cyberspace and some have been removed. A new example is related to this January 2022.
A report made public on Thursday January 20, revealed cases of Iranian regime’s deceitful activities in Facebook and Instagram.
Reuters, quoting from Meta (Facebook parent body), Reported one case of forgery perpetrated by the regime in Iran. In UK, accounts, origin in Iran, disguised themselves as locals tried to influence on Scotts’ views on the British government during the COVID pandemic and in the aftermath of Brexit.
“The accounts organized their content around common hashtags promoting the cause, though they at times misspelled them”, “The accounts also posted about football and UK cities, likely to make the fictitious personas seem more authentic,” said the reports. Ben Nimmom, an official in Meta said, “We’ve seen a range of operations coming from Iran over the last few years”. A statement by Meta also reviled, “The network used fake accounts to pose as locals in England and Scotland, posting photos and memes about current events and criticism of the United Kingdom’s government”.
In a related case in December, Meta closed eight Facebook and 126 Instagram accounts for violating the company’s rules,
Iranian regime, for several times, has engaged in creating forged accounts of spreading fake news. The prominent cybersecurity firm FireEye once released information about social media accounts, created between April 2018 and March 2019, coming out of Iran.These accounts disguised themselves as American nationals tried to influence on US presidential election.
Facebook once announced it has deleted 51 accounts, 36 pages and some groups.These accounts, along with some other accounts on Instagram and Twitter were “ part of a pro-Iran social media campaign”.
It should be noted that the Mojahedin Organization of Iran has so far referred to the court several cases of lying by journalists who served the Iranian regime’, including Der Spiegel and X, which ended with the conviction of the mullahs’ servants. The regime has also published hundreds of fake books and scripts to discredit the Mojahedin.