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Facebook purges more fake accounts from Russia, Iran

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  14 Feb 2020 2:30 PM GMT

San Francisco: Facebook has removed three networks of accounts, Pages, and Groups for engaging in foreign or government interference on Facebook and Instagram that originated in Russia, Iran, Vietnam, and Myanmar.

The first operation originated in Russia and primarily targeted Ukraine and its neighboring countries and the second originated in Iran and focused mainly on the US.

“The third network originated in Myanmar and Vietnam and targeted audiences in Myanmar. Each of them created networks of accounts to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Security Policy, said in a blog post late Wednesday.

Facebook removed 78 accounts, 11 Pages, 29 Groups and four Instagram accounts in Russia for violating its policy against foreign or government interference.

Some of these accounts represented themselves as citizen journalists and tried to contact policymakers, journalists and other public figures in the region. (IANS)

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