Facebook on Tuesday said it derailed a fledgling deception campaign aimed at the US that was trying to gain momentum ahead of the presidential election next week, and uncovered a campaign against Israel while doing so.
Last week culprits in Iran spread email messages with unbacked claims of hacking into US voting systems and tried to use Facebook to do the same.
One of the campaigns taken down Tuesday was uncovered while digging into the account created to spread the bogus hacking claim.
“This small network originated in Iran and focused primarily on the US and Israel,” Facebook’s Head of Security Policy Nathaniel Gleicher said.
He said the campaign, which had been dormant since last year, had threatened an attack on the Eurovision Song Contest, a major international event hosted in Tel Aviv in 2019.