Facebook takes down pages with ties to Iran, Russia
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.
- 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."