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French election: Facebook kills 30,000 fake accounts

Facebook has targeted 30,000 fake accounts linked to France that are being used to spread fake news, spam, hoaxes and misinformation.

The company said it is trying to "reduce the spread of material generated through inauthentic activity, including spam, misinformation, or other deceptive content that is often shared by creators of fake accounts".

It said its efforts "enabled us to take action" against the French accounts and that it is removing pages with the highest traffic.

Facebook and French media are also running fact-checking programs in France to combat misleading information, especially around the campaign for the two-round April 23-May 7 presidential election.

European authorities have also pressured Facebook and Twitter to remove extremist propaganda or other postings that violate European hate speech or other laws.

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