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652 Pages Led by Russia & Iran Were Removed on Facebook and Instagram

The Facebook recently announced via its’ newsroom that on its tendency to make the users able to trust the connections they make on Facebook, it removed multiple Pages, groups and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram, Some of this activity originated in Iran, and some originated in Russia,beside that the people responsible are determined and well-funded.

A set of pages that posed as news organizations while also hacking people’s accounts and spread malware, Facebook said. That network included 12 pages and 66 accounts, plus nine Instagram accounts. They had about 15,000 Facebook followers and 1,100 Instagram followers, and did not buy advertising or events.

The Facebook have found accounts were created in 2013. Some of them attempted to conceal their location, and they primarily posted political content focused on the Middle East, as well as the UK, US, and Latin America. Beginning in 2017, they increased their focus on the UK and US.

And these are some of the numbers revealed by the investigation:

• Presence on Facebook and Instagram: 74 Pages, 70 accounts, and 3 groups on Facebook, as well as 76 accounts on Instagram.
• Followers: About 155,000 accounts followed at least one of these Pages, 2,300 accounts joined at least one of these groups, and more than 48,000 accounts followed at least one of these Instagram accounts.
• Advertising: More than $6,000 in spending for ads on Facebook and Instagram, paid for in US and Australian dollars. The first ad was run in Jan 2015, and the last was run in August 2018. Some ads have been blocked since the launch of our political ads transparency tools launched. We have not completed our review of the organic content coming from these accounts.
• Events: 3 events hosted.