Facebook bans pages aimed at US election interference

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 01/08/2018 19:30

Facebook says it has removed 32 accounts and pages believed to have been set up to influence the mid-term US elections in November.

It said it was in the "very early" stages of the investigation and did not yet know who was behind the pages.

It said the creators had gone to greater lengths to hide their identities than a Russia-based campaign to disrupt the 2016 presidential vote.

It described attempts to erase election interference as an "arms race."
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45018516

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Facebook Identifies an Active Political Influence Campaign Using Fake Accounts
Facebook said on Tuesday that it had identified a political influence campaign that was potentially built to disrupt the midterm elections, with the company detecting and removing 32 pages and fake accounts that had engaged in activity around divisive social issues.

The company did not definitively link the campaign to Russia. But Facebook officials said some of the tools and techniques used by the accounts were similar to those used by the Internet Research Agency, the Kremlin-linked group that was at the center of an indictment this year alleging interference in the 2016 presidential election.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/31/us/politics/facebook-political-campaign-midterms.html

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