Facebook Announces It Identified Ongoing Political Influence Campaign

Facebook Shutters More Fake Accounts Believed to Be Linked to Russia

Facebook Shutters More Fake Accounts Believed to Be Linked to Russia

Facebook said it didn't yet know who was behind the effort.

In a blog, it said it had identified 17 suspect profiles on Facebook and seven Instagram accounts.

Facebook says it's "still in the very early stages" of an investigation about the network and doesn't have all the facts "including who may be behind" it. However, company officials told Capitol Hill that Russian Federation was possibly involved, reports The Times.

Ahead of the 2016 U.S. elections, Russian operatives created fake Facebook accounts that pushed both right- and left-wing narratives in an attempt to sow political division.

In the wake of the scandal, Facebook made several changes to its advertising operations.

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Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, refused to answer questions about whether the company had found any more Russian disinformation campaigns.

Though Facebook hasn't characterized the fake accounts - which created upward of 9,500 posts on Facebook and one piece of content on Instagram - as part of an attempt to influence the 2018 midterms, much of the example content that Facebook shared was political in nature. It said that instead of deleting fake posts, it would first reduce the visibility of fake news in News Feed.

"We can't say for sure if this is the IRA with improved capabilities or a different organization". "These accounts have engaged in some similar activity and in some cases have connected with known IRA accounts". But there are differences as well, Gleicher said. The Menlo Park-based company announced Tuesday that it has banned 32 pages and accounts that may have been working together to spread false information via Facebook and Instagram. "We're going to continue to invest more heavily so we can find this". The pages created about 30 events since May 2017 and "The largest had approximately 4,700 accounts interested in attending, and 1,400 users said that they would attend", Facebook said. One page promoted a "No Unite the Right 2" march - a counter demonstration to a planned "Unite the Right" event to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the march in Charlottesville in which a woman was killed. One event, aimed at challenging the now-canceled "Unite The Right 2" rally, attracted 2,600 signups before it was shut down.

Inauthentic pages dating back more than a year organized an array of real world events, all but two of which have taken place, according to Facebook.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on foreign influence operations and their use of social media platforms on Wednesday.

Having completed its initial investigation into the effort, Facebook said it has shared its findings with US law enforcement agencies, Congress, other technology companies, and the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab - a research organization it recently enlisted to help identify and analyze such abuses.

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