Feb 14, 2019

Moldovan election prompts Facebook to remove accounts

EPA Facebook says it has removed more than 200 "Inauthentic" accounts targeting people in Moldova, some of which were linked to government employees. Facebook said the accounts posted about divisive political issues, shared manipulated photos, and impersonated a local fact checking-organisation. Despite a lack of evidence that it had influenced the outcome, Facebook found itself under pressure to combat the spread of political messages online from people who may not be who they appear to be. About 54,000 people followed at least one of the pages, Facebook said. "We are constantly working to detect and stop this type of activity because we don't want our services to be used to manipulate people," Facebook said.

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