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Turbulent Thailand

Facebook removes Thai army-linked pages targeting restive South

Social media giant says military used fake accounts; its ban follows Twitter's

Facebook has removed accounts linked to the Thai army for spreading false information that could incite trouble in the country's southern provinces. (Source photo by AFP/Jiji) 

BANGKOK -- Facebook became the second social media company after Twitter to remove accounts it suspected were linked to the Thai military, taking down a total of 185 pages and groups, including those on Instagram, for perpetuating false information that could stir up trouble in its restive south.

Facebook took down 77 accounts, 72 pages, 18 groups and 18 Instagram accounts, it said Wednesday.

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