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Facebook deletes Russian channels for fake accounts

Facebook Inc. said on Monday that it continued to fight "coordinated inauthentic behavior from Russia" and that 97 accounts, pages and groups were removed after they were found to be a part of a network of fake accounts directing users to "an off-platform domain that aggregated various web content" regarding Ukraine. The people behind them have already been identified and their channels were deleted for impersonation and other breaches of rules, the social media operator added.

Cybersecurity policy chief Nathaniel Gleicher wrote in the blog post that there were 62 accounts, 10 pages with a following of 34,000 and 25 groups with 860,00 accounts joined. The persons behind "the operation" spend $1 per advertisement in March 2017, the report reveals, with a claim that the tactic was to "mislead others about who they were and what they were doing."

Separately, a group of 16 Facebook accounts, four pages and one Instagram account "emanating from Russia" with 1,180 followers were taken down for similar activity with the focus on Austria, Baltic countries, Germany, Spain, Ukraine and the United Kingdom, Facebook said.

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