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Iraq takes action against bogus social media posts

Fake social media accounts have been spreading misinformation and leaked documents for political and criminal ends.
ANKARA, TURKEY - MAY 4: In this illustration photo logos of social media applications WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger, Oculus are seen on a mobile phone as Facebook logo is seen behind on a screen, in Ankara, Turkey on May 4, 2020. (Photo by Hakan Nural/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The Iraqi National Intelligence Service announced May 11 that an individual who was impersonating social activist Haida al-Amiri and blackmailing businessmen and prominent figures has been arrested in Lebanon.

Haida al-Amiri's is one of hundreds of fake social media accounts impersonating political figures in Iraq. Extensive electronic networks are paid to promote the funding party and distorting the image of its opponents to topple them politically and electorally. On April 28, activists and protesters received threatening messages via hundreds of fake accounts. Minister of Finance Ali Allawi denied having a Twitter account May 16 after a fake one was discovered to be posting in his name.

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