Facebook claims to have deleted 23 pages, 74 accounts, 5 groups and 35 Instagram accounts being part of a UK-based, UK-based disinformation network.

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Facebook has removed more than 130 accounts, pages and groups that, according to her, were part of a network of disinformation based in the UK.

The company said it was the first time that it was eliminating a UK-based group targeting messages aimed at British citizens.

The same group created pages posing as far-right outlets and anti-fascist activists.

Facebook said he had shared his discovery with law enforcement and the government.

The group was able to gain followers by creating pages and groups of innocent appearance. Later, he renamed them and started publishing politically motivated content.

MP Damian Collins, who chairs a committee to investigate false information, said it was the "tip of the iceberg".

Hate speech

According to Facebook, about 175,000 people have followed at least one of the fake pages, including 35 profiles on Instagram.

The company said the pages "engaged in hate speech and spread controversial comments from both sides of the UK's political debate."

"They have frequently published articles on local and political news, including on immigration, freedom of expression, racism, LGBT issues, far-right politics, problems between India and Pakistan and religious beliefs, including Islam and Christianity.

"We are removing these pages and accounts based on their behavior, not the content they have published.In each of these cases, the people behind this activity have coordinated and used fake accounts to present ourselves in a false light, our action. "

The BBC understands that Facebook has discovered the network of inauthentic accounts during an investigation into a hate speech against UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

Inauthentic activity

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One of the posts tried to create tension between Christians and LGBT people

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Another message on Facebook attempted to insult the "leftists"

Facebook said the pages had spent about $ 1,500 (£ 1,140) advertising between them. The first announcement was made in December 2013 and the most recent in October 2018.

Facebook has said it has not completed its "review of organic content from these accounts".

Separately, the company also removed 31 pages, groups and accounts for being delivered to a "coordinated unauthorized behavior" in Romania.

These accounts, unrelated to the British network, have published biased information in favor of the Social Democratic Party.