Facebook removes 783 fake pages accounts tied to Iran

NEW YORK — Facebook says it has removed 783 Iran-linked pages, accounts and groups from its service for what it calls “co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour.” That’s the social network’s term for fake accounts run with the intent of disrupting politics and elections.Facebook has disclosing such purges more regularly in recent months, including ones linked to groups in Myanmar , Bangladesh and Russia .The accounts on Facebook and Instagram typically misrepresented themselves as locals in more than two dozen countries ranging from Afghanistan, Germany, India, Saudi Arabia and the U.S.Facebook says the accounts spent about $30,000 on advertisements, paid for in U.S. dollars, British pounds, Canadian dollars and euros.The company says Twitter helped its investigation by sharing information about suspicious activity it found on its own service.The Associated Press

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