Tech Times: Social Media Misinformation That Led to 300 Deaths in Iran Claimed That Drinking Methanol was a Cure for COVID-19

Tech Times: Social Media Misinformation That Led to 300 Deaths in Iran Claimed That Drinking Methanol was a Cure for COVID-19. “300 Iranians have died and at least 1,000 became sick from poisoning after drinking methanol. This was because of misinformation being passed around saying that it was a cure for the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.”

ZDNet: Spying concerns raised over Iran’s official COVID-19 detection app

ZDNet: Spying concerns raised over Iran’s official COVID-19 detection app . “Google has removed today an Android app from the official Play Store that was developed by the Iranian government to test and keep track of COVID-19 (coronavirus) infections. Before being removed from the Play Store, controversy surrounded the app, and several users accused the Iranian government of using the COVID-19 scare to trick citizens into installing the app and then collecting phone numbers and real-time geo-location data.”

CNN: Facebook removes accounts run from Iran targeting Americans

CNN: Facebook removes accounts run from Iran targeting Americans. “Facebook (FB) announced Wednesday morning that it had removed a small network of fake social media accounts it said were run from Iran and were posting about US politics. Twitter also said it removed accounts from Iran, but said its investigations were ongoing and provided few details.”

TechCrunch: Senators attempt to force Twitter to ban Iranian leadership

TechCrunch: Senators attempt to force Twitter to ban Iranian leadership. “Four Senators, including Ted Cruz (R-TX), have asserted that, as a consequence of sanctions placed on Iran, Twitter must cease providing its services to Ayatollah Khamenei and other leaders in the country. ‘The Ayatollah enjoys zero protection from the United States Bill of Rights,’ he wrote in a letter to the company.”

Exclusive: This site pays Americans to write ‘news’ articles. Signs indicate it originates in Iran (CNN)

CNN: Exclusive: This site pays Americans to write ‘news’ articles. Signs indicate it originates in Iran. “American Herald Tribune bills itself as a ‘genuinely independent online media outlet.’ Set up in 2015, it publishes in English and pays Americans to write articles. But multiple investigations by American tech companies, details of which have not previously been reported, point to the site originating in Iran.”

Web Informant: A field guide to Iran’s hacking groups

Web Informant: A field guide to Iran’s hacking groups. “Iran has been in the news alot lately. And there have been some excellent analyses of the various hacking groups that are sponsored by the Iranian state government. Most of us know that Iran has hacked numerous businesses over the years, including numerous banks, the Bowman Dam in New York in 2013, the Las Vegas Sands hotel in 2014, various universities and government agencies and even UNICEF. When you review all the data, you begin to see the extent of its activities.”

Wired: Iran Tensions Increase Social Media Surveillance at the US Border

Wired: Iran Tensions Increase Social Media Surveillance at the US Border. “Just days after the United States assassinated Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, US Customs and Border Protection reportedly detained more than 60 Iranian Americans and Iranians, including children, at the US–Canada border. Multiple sources present claim that while some of those detained were held, in certain cases for up to 10 hours, CBP confiscated some of their phones, ordered them to hand over their social media passwords, and questioned them about their political views and social media activity.”