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Facebook, Instagram Drops 51 Fake Accounts, 36 Pages Originated in Iran

Facebook says it is also investigating and is sharing information with law enforcement

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FILE - The logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square, March 29, 2018. VOA

Facebook has dropped 51 accounts, 36 pages, and seven groups after the cybersecurity firm FireEye revealed they were fake accounts originating in Iran. Three Instagram accounts were also deactivated.

The FireEye report Tuesday says the phony accounts pretended they came from the United States and impersonated legitimate Middle Eastern news sources to push a pro-Iranian agenda.

Posts written in both English and Arabic included discussions about American and British politics, Islam, Arab minorities, and the influence of Saudi Arabia. The posts represented both conservative and liberal points of view.

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Facebook says it is also investigating and is sharing information with law enforcement. Pixabay

One post said the best way to honor the memory of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was for the U.S. to stop sending aid to the Saudi coalition fighting Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen. The fake posters even succeeded in getting letters to the editors published in a number of U.S. newspapers, includingThe Los Angeles Times and The New York Daily News.

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The author of the FireEye report, Lee Foster, was careful not to directly blame the Iranian government for the illegitimate accounts, saying the investigation is continuing. Facebook says it is also investigating and is sharing information with law enforcement.

“We’re constantly working to detect and stop this type of activity because we don’t want our services to be used to manipulate people,” Facebook said. It added it canceled the suspect accounts for their behavior, and not because of content. (VOA)

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84% Instagrammers Likely to Shop from it: Report

Instagram currently has 117.1 million monthly active users (MAUs) and average time spent per user is 45 minutes

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Instagram as a platform has grown tremendously in the last 2 years, and the user adoption rate as active Instagrammers is very quick. Pixabay

Eighty-four per cent of Instagram users are likely to shop using the photo sharing platform, and Instagrammers spend most of the time on the platform in the evening between 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., a new report said on Monday.

According to a report by digital media agency WATConsult’s Recogn, Instagram currently has 117.1 million monthly active users (MAUs) and average time spent per user is 45 minutes.

For those willing to purchase something on Instagram, they need to be made aware of the authenticity of the product.

More than 75 per cent of the shoppers have had a satisfactory experience while shopping from the platform and a majority are likely to shop in the future.

“Instagram as a platform has grown tremendously in the last 2 years, and the user adoption rate is very quick. With this report, we are bringing forward to the industry, the behavioural patterns of the users, shopping habits and trends,” Rajiv Dingra, Founder and CEO, WATConsult, said in a statement.

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Instagrammers spend most of the time on the platform in the evening between 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pixabay

More than 50 per cent of the consumers have shopped using Instagram and close to 75 per cent of the users from small cities and small towns have shopped using the platform.

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Fifty-one per cent of the Instagrammers access it at least once a day with a large proportion of Instagram users accessing it multiple times in a day (32 per cent). (IANS)