Monday, 17 December, 2018

Facebook Blocks 115 Accounts On Eve Of US Election

Facebook removes more pages, as FBI warns Russia still targeting American voters Facebook blocks 115 accounts suspected of 'inauthentic behavior'
Melinda Barton | 07 November, 2018, 02:31

Nearly all of the Facebook pages were in French or Russian, Gleicher added, and the Instagram accounts were mainly in English and focused on either celebrity content or political debate.

Facebook said it would normally take more time to investigate before making a public announcement, but has made a decision to act promptly due to the proximity of the us elections.

The social network said it had been contacted by USA law enforcement on Sunday evening, alerting it to online activity which may be linked to foreign entities.

The company said it was collaborating with law enforcement agencies, external experts and firms to prevent interference on its platform before and during the elections.

The company has taken steps to curtail manipulation of its platforms after being widely criticized for allowing Russian trolls spread misinformation during the 2016 election.

Facebook has disrupted a disinformation campaign targeting the United States midterm elections first detected by American law enforcement.

Twitter said Saturday it deleted a "series of accounts" that attempted to share disinformation without giving a number.

In October, the company announced the removal of dozens of accounts linked to Iran for similarly spreading disinformation to more than a million followers in the United Kingdom and US.

Facebook says it removed 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts.

The social network identified 82 pages, groups and accounts that originated in Iran and violated policy on coordinated "inauthentic" behavior.

Sample posts shared included inflammatory commentary about US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May and the controversy around freshly appointed US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

"Once we know more - including whether these accounts are linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency or other foreign entities - we will update this post", he concluded.

Facebook didn't always take the risk of election interference seriously, however.

The war room is part of stepped up security announced by Facebook, which will be adding some 20,000 employees.