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Facebook Inc. pulled 2,632 Pages, Groups and accounts that engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behavior" on its Facebook and Instagram Inc. platforms.

The operations were connected to the Iran, Russia, Macedonia and Kosovo regions, Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity policy, said in a March 26 official post.

The social networking giant purged 513 Pages, Groups and accounts for engaging in "coordinated inauthentic behavior" as part of multiple networks tied to Iran. These groups operated in Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Kashmir, Kazakhstan or broadly across the Middle East and North Africa, Gleicher said.

The Page administrators and account owners represented themselves as locals and media entities, often using fake accounts, among other duplicitous behavior.

Facebook also removed 1,907 Facebook Pages, Groups and accounts for engaging in spam, with a small portion of these engaging in "coordinated inauthentic behavior" linked to Russia.

The company said it has shared information about the investigation with relevant law enforcement and policymakers.

Facebook has taken action against numerous accounts for similar reasons recently.