Facebook Blocks Accounts Suspected of Election Meddling

Facebook Blocks Accounts Suspected of Election Meddling

Facebook has blocked 30 accounts on its platform and 85 accounts on Instagram that may be engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" from foreign entities into the USA mid-term elections.

On Sunday, the tech titan apparently received a call from US law enforcement regarding suspicious activity, which they believed was linked to foreign entities.

"Our preliminary investigations have identified up to now about 30 accounts of Facebook and 85 accounts in Instagram which might be engaged in improper activities contact", continues the press release. They include 30 Facebook accounts, mostly in Russian and French, and 85 Instagram accounts, mostly in English.

Almost all of the blocked Facebook pages appeared to be written in French or Russian, although the Instagram accounts were mostly in English, the company said, noting that some of the Instagram accounts focused on celebrities and political debate.

USA officials say there is no indication that America's voting infrastructures have been compromised but they warn that foreign operatives are trying to influence voters. Some of the accounts were mostly focused on celebrities and other political debates.

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Last month, Facebook removed more than 800 pages and accounts that were spreading misinformation seeking to influence public opinion on both the right and left sides of the aisle. The company said its so-called elections war room is the nerve center of the social network's fight against misinformation and political interference.

The company made a decision to announce its actions right away, "given that we are only one day away from important elections in the USA", he said.

This announcement comes shortly after the authorities and us intelligence agencies announced that they had not spotted any attempts of disruption of the electoral process, but that Americans should be wary of attempts by the russians of spreading false information.

Facebook, which has been blamed for doing too little to prevent misinformation efforts by Russian Federation and others in the 2016 United States election, now wants the world to know it is taking aggressive steps with initiatives like the war room.

Twitter said on November 3 that it deleted a "series of accounts" that attempted to share disinformation, without providing details.

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