Jul 31, 2018

Facebook bans pages aimed at US election interference

Facebook says it has removed 32 accounts and pages believed to have been set up to influence the mid-term US elections in November. The social network said in a blog that it had identified 17 suspect profiles on Facebook and seven Instagram accounts. Facebook said the suspect accounts had also run about 150 ads on Facebook and Instagram, costing a total of $11,000. The "Bad actors" went to far greater lengths to cover their tracks compared to the Russian-based Internet Research Agency, Facebook said. Republican congressman Adam Schiff said in response to the news: "Today's announcement from Facebook demonstrates what we've long feared: that malicious foreign actors bearing the hallmarks of previously-identified Russian influence campaigns continue to abuse and weaponise social media platforms to influence the US electorate."

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