Facebook has removed hundreds of groups, accounts and pages linked to Russia, Iran and Georgia. Facebook announced the move, saying it took them down in April as part of its ongoing efforts to purge its platforms of misleading information and fake accounts set up to disrupt elections and society in general.
The suspended accounts were active on both Facebook and Instagram, which Facebook owns, and were linked to eight networks, Facebook said.
All the networks were created before the coronavirus pandemic.
“We know that people looking to mislead others — whether through phishing, scams, or influence operations — try to leverage crises to advance their goals, and the coronavirus pandemic is no different,” Facebook said in a statement.