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Facebook takes down pages with ties to Iran, Russia

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Aurelien Morissard/IP3/Getty Images

Facebook said Tuesday that it had taken down multiple networks of pages engaged in coordinated, misleading behavior with links to foreign entities.

The big picture: Facebook and other online platforms are now in a perpetual battle to contain misinformation targeting their users.

Details:

  • The social giant removed 513 accounts, groups and pages linked to Iran that "posted news stories on current events and frequently repurposed and amplified content from Iranian state media."
  • It removed a group of spam pages, accounts and groups with ties to Russia, of which a "small number ... posted content related to Ukrainian news and politics."
  • It took down a network based in Kosovo and Macedonia that posted general, non-political content but also ran a "small number of Pages purporting to represent political communities in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States — and posted about religious and political topics like nationalism, Islam, and political figures."

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