SAN FRANCISCO | Facebook removes Iran-linked accounts spreading false info

SAN FRANCISCO | Facebook removes Iran-linked accounts spreading false info

SAN FRANCISCO  — Facebook has purged 82 pages, accounts and groups tied to an Iranian effort to exploit its social network and Instagram service to provoke social strife in the U.S. and the U.K.

The housecleaning announced Friday is part of the countermeasures that Facebook put in place in an attempt to prevent abuses similar to those Russian agents used two years ago to sway public opinion ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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