Facebook Removes Russian Fake News Operation Aimed at Left-Wing Americans

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Facebook said Tuesday it had removed nearly five dozen American user accounts behind a Russian disinformation operation aimed at publishing news for left-leaning American readers.

“In August, we removed three networks of accounts, Pages and Groups,” the company said in a press release. “Two of them — from Russia and the US — targeted people outside of their country, and another from Pakistan focused on both domestic audiences in Pakistan and also in India.”

Facebook said the accounts — including 13 in Russia, 55 in the United States, and 453 in Pakistan — were linked to the Internet Research Agency, which became notorious as the Russian “troll farm” that used networks of
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