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21 August 2018

Facebook announced that it had "removed 652 pages, groups and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behaviour that originated in Iran and targeted people across multiple internet services in the Middle East, Latin America, UK and U.S." Separately, Twitter revealed that it had "suspended 284 accounts... for engaging in coordinated manipulation. Based on our existing analysis, it appears many of these accounts originated from Iran". A senior Iranian diplomat responded by saying that "such claims are ridiculous and are part and parcel of U.S. public calls for regime change in Iran, and are an abuse of social media platforms". Secretary Pompeo subsequently quoted a portion of Facebook's statement on his Twitter account, and retweeted Twitter's own notice.

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