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Bank Of America Faces Backlash After Freezing Accounts Over Citizenship Questions

Bank Of America Faces Backlash After Freezing Accounts Over Citizenship QuestionsBank of America is facing backlash over reports that the company has frozen



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Google removes several blogs, YouTube accounts linked to Iran

Google removes several blogs, YouTube accounts linked to Iran(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc's Google said on Thursday it had identified and terminated 39 YouTube channels linked to state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.



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Google blocks accounts in 'influence operation' linked to Iran

Google blocks accounts in 'influence operation' linked to IranGoogle said Thursday it blocked YouTube channels and other accounts over a misinformation campaign linked to Iran, on the heels of similar moves by Facebook and Twitter. Google said that working with the cybersecurity firm FireEye, it linked the accounts to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting as part of an effort dating to at least January 2017.



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Facebook shuts down fake pro-Corbyn and anti-Brexit accounts linked to Iran 

Facebook shuts down fake pro-Corbyn and anti-Brexit accounts linked to Iran Facebook has removed fake pro-Corbyn and anti-Brexit accounts linked to Iran amid a purge of hundreds of pages falsely posing as news organisations or grassroots activists in Britain. Fake accounts called “The British Left” and “Free Scotland 2014” were among a list of 652 pages, groups and accounts shut down by the social media company, which found they were “distinct campaigns” for “coordinated inauthentic behaviour”. On Wednesday, Facebook published extracts from the accounts which included praise for Jeremy Corbyn and satirical images mocking Brexit, adding that the network appeared to be part of an entity known as "Liberty Front Press" which was linked with “Iranian state media”. One image posted by The British Left referenced Jeremy Corbyn having the “fewest expenses of any MP”, while another showed a series of “Brexit stamps” portraying an English longbowmen turning the arrow on himself and a man shooting himself in the foot with a pistol. In an online blog, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, said that one part of the network, “Quest 4 Truth”, had masqueraded as an independent news organisation but “is in fact linked to" an Iranian state media channel. Examples provided by Facebook from the page called 'The British Left'  Mr Gleicher added that from 2017 onwards, the channels “increased their focus on the UK and the US”, and typically “posed as news and civil society organisations”. Facebook’s investigation, which was prompted after it received a tip-off from the cybersecurity firm FireEye, found that the Iranian network of accounts also engaged in “traditional cybersecurity attacks” such as hacking into people’s accounts and spreading malware. The Iranian effort dated to 2011 and had also spread to Facebook’s sister site, Instagram, as well as Twitter and Youtube. The fake Iranian accounts bought $ 6,000 worth of adverts on Facebook and used it to organise events. Fake news | What exactly is it – and how can you spot it? A pro-Scottish independence page, called “Free Scotland 2014”, posted images mocking the Queen and another linking Boris Johnson to Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former chief strategist. Mr Gleischer said website data linked 74 pages, 70 accounts and three groups which targeted UK and US politics on Facebook, as well as 76 Instagram accounts, to Iran's state media. Facebook has shared its finding with the US and UK governments and confirmed it would be making changes to ensure it was able to “better detect people” attempting to create similar pages in the future. In a press conference last night, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, said the network of accounts “were misleading people about who they were and what they were doing”, adding that it was imperative that users were “able to trust the connections” they make on the site. Posts from the Free Scotland page  Mr Gleicher added: “We saw content targeting people across multiple Internet platforms in the Middle East, the US, the UK, and Latin America. “Our investigation, building off of this tip from FireEye, was able to expand this initial network of assets linked to Liberty Front Press and link it to Iranian state media. “In total, we found 74 Pages, 70 accounts, and three Groups on Facebook, as well as 76 accounts on Instagram that were associated with Liberty Front Press. “What we're seeing here is a coordinated network, but the assets themselves were not presenting a coordinated front in terms of how they identified themselves.” FireEye plans to release a full report into the activity but has not specified a date.



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Twitter Bans Proud Boys' Accounts Before Unite The Right 2 Rally

Twitter Bans Proud Boys' Accounts Before Unite The Right 2 RallyTwitter won't ban far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, but it is going



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Manafort trial – live updates: Rick Gates claims political consultant Konstantin Kilmnik controlled hidden overseas accounts

Manafort trial - live updates: Rick Gates claims political consultant Konstantin Kilmnik controlled hidden overseas accountsThe most critical moment in the financial fraud trial of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will arrive this week with the testimony of his “right-hand man” — the person the defenceis seeking to blame for any crimes. Rick Gates, who also served in a senior role in President Trump’s campaign, has been a key cooperator for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team as part of their investigation into Russia election meddling and any possible collusion with Mr Trump’s campaign team. The trial, set to resume on Monday afternoon in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, is the first of Mr Mueller’s prosecutions to reach a jury.



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Manafort trial: Former bookkeeper Heather Washkuhn testifies she did not know about off-shore accounts as she details former Trump aide's

Manafort trial: Former bookkeeper Heather Washkuhn testifies she did not know about off-shore accounts as she details former Trump aide'sPaul Manafort’s former bookkeeper has testified that the former Donald Trump campaign chairman kept her in the dark about the foreign bank accounts he was using to allegedly buy millions in luxury items and personal expenses. Mr Manafort, facing trial on back fraud and tax charges otherwise approved “every penny” of the personal bills she paid for him, said Heather Washkuhn of the accounting firm NKFSB. Washkuhn’s testimony on the third day of the trial appeared to undercut an argument by Manafort’s attorneys that he can’t be responsible for financial fraud because he left the details of his spending to others, including his longtime associate Rick Gates.



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Facebook Warns Of ‘Bad Actors,’ Deletes Accounts Ahead Of Midterms

Facebook Warns Of ‘Bad Actors,’ Deletes Accounts Ahead Of MidtermsFacebook said Tuesday it removed over a dozen pages, profiles and accounts



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Tumblr Deletes 84 Accounts 'Linked To Russian Government'

Tumblr Deletes 84 Accounts 'Linked To Russian Government'Tumblr deleted 84 accounts that it says were linked to the Russian Internet



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Twitter sets crackdown on automated 'bot' accounts

Twitter sets crackdown on automated 'bot' accountsTwitter announced Wednesday a crackdown on accounts powered by software “bots” which can artificially amplify a person or cause and which have been accused of manipulating the social network during the 2016 US election. The San Francisco messaging platform said the move was intended to rid the service of spam-spewing automated accounts, and not aimed at people using the service according to the rules. “These changes are an important step in ensuring we stay ahead of malicious activity targeting the crucial conversations taking place on Twitter — including elections in the United States and around the world,” Twitter developer policy lead Yoel Roth said in a blog post.



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