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Iranian trolls masquerading as proud boys in voter influence emails are spreading wacky claims on Facebook

Iranian trolls who disguised themselves as Proud Boys fans in an attempt to intimidate voters were linked to a disinformation campaign that targeted Israel and Saudi Arabia, according to Facebook.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Facebook announced that it had deleted a handful of accounts on Facebook and Instagram after FBI advice on Iranian election-related interference. The trick followed an announcement by FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe that US intelligence discovered Iran was behind threatening emails to Democratic voters in Florida and Alaska that “you will vote for Trump on election day or we will come after you.”

The company says an initial investigation after the whistleblower led it to a single account set up in October 2020 that “attempted to sow false allegations and unfounded election threats” as part of a relying electoral influence plot. mainly on email.

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