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Facebook removes fake news network staffed by editors with AI headshots

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Facebook and Twitter said on Tuesday that they’ve removed a network of accounts that were promoting a fake news outlet, which was staffed by fictitious journalists with AI-generated headshots.

According to Facebook, the network was linked to Russia’s most notorious troll farm: the Internet Research Agency (IRA). The company says the network primarily sought to amplify a purportedly independent left-wing news site called PeaceData that was run by fake editors.

These personas then recruited unwitting freelance journalists to write English and Arabic-language articles about topics of legitimate concern, such as racial justice, environmental issues, and President Trump’s policies.