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Facebook Deletes Iran-Linked Accounts Followed By 1 Million In U.S., Britain

Facebook says it has deleted accounts originating in Iran that featured posts on politically divisive topics and attracted more than 1 million followers in Britain and the United States.The giant social network on October 26 said it deleted 82 accounts and pages on Facebook and Instagram that were "fake" and posted on divisive issues such as race, immigration, and U.S. President Donald Trump -- all of which it said were aimed at "sowing discord" ahead of U.S. congressional elections on November 6.The deleted accounts represented themselves as being American or British and mostly targeted U.S. liberals, according to the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab, a think tank that works with Facebook to study propaganda online.Facebook said the deleted accounts had attracted more than 1 million followers. It said their posts had been amplified through less than $100 in advertising on Facebook and Instagram in the last year.

 

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