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Facebook bans Russia's Internet Research AgencyIn a blog post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his company doesn't want the Internet Research Agency using its platform "anywhere in the world."
Facebook is ousting Russia's Internet Research Agency from its platform. The company announced in a post it had removed 70 Facebook and 65 Instagram accounts controlled by the Internet Research Agency. The IRA is a Russia-based group Facebook says abused its platform to manipulate people. It's important to note Facebook session it didn't remove these accounts and pages solely because of their contents. Facebook chief security officer Alex Simmers said the accounts were removed quote solely because they were controlled by the IRA unquote. A graphic offered a handful of facts about the ban including the total number of removals How many unique users followed the accounts and how much money the accounts spent on Facebook and Instagram ads since the start of 2015. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also posted about the bans explaining the company has taken steps in the past two years to help prevent nation states from interfering in foreign elections. Definitively stating, quote, we don't want them on Facebook anywhere in the world, unquote. The company promised a tool in the near future to help users see if they were following any of the banned accounts. What do you think of Facebook's newest move in the fight against fake news? Drop your thoughts in the comments and stay tuned to CNET.com for more information. I'm Ashley Eskeva, be good humans.