Facebook has removed 135 accounts and 138 pages linked to the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian company with alleged ties to Russian intelligence services.

IRA has been accused by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller of trying to influence the 2016 US presidential elections.

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In a statement released on Tuesday, Facebook said it had removed the accounts “solely because they were controlled by the IRA – not based on the content.”

“The IRA has repeatedly used complex networks of inauthentic accounts to deceive and manipulate people who use Facebook, including before, during and after the 2016 US presidential elections. It’s why we don’t want them on Facebook,” Facebook’s Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos said in a statement.

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