Facebook Blocks 115 Accounts For Attempted Interference In Elections

Facebook Blocks 115 Accounts For Attempted Interference In Elections

Facebook Blocks 115 Accounts For Attempted Interference In Elections

Nearly all of the Facebook Pages associated with the blocked accounts appeared to be in French or Russian.

The tip came from USA law enforcement on Sunday night, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, wrote in the post.

The announcement came shortly after USA law enforcement and intelligence agencies said they had no indication of efforts to disrupt election infrastructure but that Americans should be wary of Russian attempts to spread fake news.

"Typically, we would be further along with our analysis before announcing anything publicly", Gleicher said.

An internal investigation into the Iranian accounts found that more than 1 million Facebook users had followed at least one of the fraudulent pages, while about 25,000 users joined at least one of these politically oriented groups, according to a company statement. Today, the social network removed 30 accounts from Facebook and 85 accounts from Instagram. In 2017, the tech firm revealed it found evidence that Russians used the social network to meddle in the 2016 United States presidential election and sow discord among Americans. In August, another 652 pages also linked to Iran were taken down.

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"It is increasingly clear that major gaps exist in Facebook's efforts, potentially allowing adversaries to exploit your platform with continued disinformation efforts", the senators wrote in a letter Zuckerberg, PC Magazine reported.

Gleicher said Facebook is probing the suspected accounts to see whether they are linked to foreign entities including the Russia-based internet Research Agency, the shadowy troll farm whose associates have ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and that was indicted earlier this year in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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

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

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