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Facebook Removes 652 Pages Tied to Iran-Based Influence Campaigns
Facebook has removed hundreds of pages, groups, and accounts originating in Iran that were part of influence campaigns targeting multiple countries including the United States, the company announced on Aug. 21. The pages and groups had ties to Iranian state media and targeted people in the United States, United Kingdom, Latin America, and the Middle East, according to the company. Facebook said in a blog post that the Iran-based coordinated campaigns included 254 Facebook pages and 116 Instagram accounts that amassed more than 1 million followers across the two services. Those behind the pages spent more than $12,000 on advertisements between 2012 and 2017, the company said. "[The campaigns] used similar tactics by creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing," Facebook said.