Facebook deletes accounts of Russia, Iran for ‘coordinated authentic behaviour’

FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users in addition to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this photo illustration March 28, 2018. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Image/File Photo

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it has removed more accounts from Iran, Russia, Macedonia and Kosovo, citing what it described as “coordinated not authentic behavior.”

A total of 2,632 pages, groups and accounts were deleted from Facebook and Instagram for operations in connection with the above-mentioned countries, the social media platform said.

513 of those accounts are linked to Iran, while 1,907 were linked to Russia, Facebook said.

The accounts linked to Russia were largely removed to spam with a small proportion of those involved in coordinated authentic behavior, according to the statement.

Facebook also said that the pages and accounts are removed for their behavior and not the content.

The social media platform has recently been cracking down on these accounts in many countries after coming under fire in the last two years for self-admitted slowness in the development of tools to combat extremist content and propaganda activities.

The company had also removed certain accounts tied to Iran earlier in January.

Reporting by Kanishka Singh and Bhanu Pratap in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier and Shreejay Sinha

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