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Facebook removes 82 pages and accounts associated with Iran



Facebook has uncovered another influence campaign associated with Iran.

The company has removed 82 "coordinated inauthentic behavior" pages, accounts, and groups targeted at people in the United States and the United Kingdom. The accounts, which were published on both Facebook and Instagram, were used according to Facebook for the distribution of content on socially divisive issues such as race relations and immigration.

The company pointed out that while the activity came from Iran, they could not attribute it to the Iranian government. "It is still early, and while we have no links to the Iranian government, we can not say for sure who is responsible," wrote Nathaniel Gleicher, the company's cybersecurity policy leader, in a statement.

  Examples of some content posted by the remote accounts.

Examples of some of the content posted by the remote accounts.

The accounts and pages that Facebook had removed were in the last year and overall had more than one million followers. The content of the posts, which was addressed to people in the US and the UK, contained memes on "politically charged topics."

This is the second time that Facebook has removed accounts associated with an alleged Iranian influence campaign. The company removed 652 accounts and pages in August. Peer said the last takedowns had some links to the previous accounts it had discovered.

  Examples of some content published by the remote accounts.

Examples of some content published by the remote accounts.

Facebook also announced its actions as a win for the company's campaign rooms in the offices of Facebook, where employees are specially trained to spot attempts to blend into elections. Because of the war zones, the company could access the accounts much faster, said Gleicher.

"Our Threat Intelligence team discovered this activity a week ago in light of the election, we immediately completed our first investigation and completed the information with US and UK government officials, US law enforcement agencies, Congress, other technology companies and the Shared Digital Forensic Research Lab of the Atlantic Council, "wrote Gleicher.

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