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Facebook Identifies Iranian, Russian Influence Campaigns (1)

Oct. 21, 2019, 4:45 PMUpdated: Oct. 21, 2019, 7:21 PM

Facebook Inc. discovered four separate misinformation networks -- three tied to Iran and one to Russia -- that the social network said it shut down as part of an ongoing effort to counter “foreign influence campaigns.”

Facebook said the “coordinated inauthentic behavior” took aim at the U.S., North Africa and Latin America and included “proactive work ahead of the U.S. elections.” The company shared the findings with “law enforcement and industry partners.”

The company said it removed 50 Instagram accounts and another Facebook account originating Russia and aimed at the U.S. The Russian effort had ties to the...

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