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Iranian network targeted Likud activists online, claims report

In this illustration photo taken in Los Angeles on October 28, 2021, a person watches on a smartphone as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveils the META logo. (Chris DELMAS / AFP)
In this illustration photo taken in Los Angeles on October 28, 2021, a person watches on a smartphone as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveils the META logo. (Chris DELMAS / AFP)

A network of Iranian agents has been targeting Israelis with political posts online and sharing information designed to inflame tensions, reports Channel 12 news.

According to the report, a web of Iranians using fake identities and profiles on social media, mostly on Facebook, has been sharing extremist political content with Israelis. In particular, the report claims, they have targeted prominent Likud activists with posts and memes attacking the current government.

The same profiles also shared anti-Netanyahu posts and activity in left-wing Facebook groups. The aim, the report claims, is not to support any particular political party but to sow fear and infighting among citizens.

The report did not provide any proof that the foreign profiles were being operated by Iranians, just that they were suspected to be so.

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