Facebook says it has removed 652 accounts and web pages linked to Russia and Iran for spreading political misinformation ahead of the November U.S. congressional elections.
The social network said late on August 21 that it had removed the accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” that included the sharing of misleading political material.
Facebook has significantly stepped up policing of its widely used network since last year, when it acknowledged that Russian agents successfully ran political influence operations on Facebook aimed at swaying the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The social network said it had informed the U.S. and U.K. governments about its actions as well as the U.S. Treasury and State Department because of U.S. sanctions against Iran.
RadioFreeEurope / Radio Liberty / AP