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Facebook to remove page posting fake North Carolina news

San Francisco, Feb 19 (IANS) Social media giant Facebook is reportedly planning to remove a page that has been posting false stories about North Carolina.

According to Winston-Salem police, “North Carolina Breaking News” is sharing untrue stories about their department, myfox8.com reported on Tuesday.

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After finding the false posts, they reached out to administrators of the “North Carolina Breaking News” Facebook page and the admins responded them in Russian.

As per report, Winston-Salem police say the posts are based on true stories from outside of the state and Winston-Salem police officers were never involved.

“While the Winston-Salem Police Department applauds the respective law enforcement officers and agencies for the good work, it is apparent the stories were altered to include Winston-Salem Police Department involvement,” Winston-Salem police said in a news release.

Recently, Facebook removed three networks of accounts, pages and groups for engaging in foreign or government interference on Facebook and Instagram that originated in Russia, Iran, Vietnam and Myanmar.

The first operation originated in Russia and primarily targeted Ukraine and its neighbouring countries and the second originated in Iran and focused mainly on the US.

Facebook also removed 78 accounts, 11 Pages, 29 Groups and four Instagram accounts in Russia for violating its policy against foreign or government interference.