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Facebook blocks more than 100 accounts, citing possible foreign influence

07 November 2018, 02:29 | Darnell Patrick

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Facebook on Monday announced that it had blocked 30 accounts on the social media platform and 85 Instagram accounts over suspicions of "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" ahead of the midterm polls in the United States.

The company said US Law enforcement contacted it on Sunday to report suspicious online activity, which they believed was possibly linked to foreign entities. The Instagram accounts were mostly in English, while the Facebook accounts were in French or Russian, the company said.

"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".

Some accounts "were focused on celebrities" and others on "political debate", it added.

The social network said it needed to do further analysis to decide if the accounts are linked to Russia's Internet Research Agency or another group.

Despite an aggressive crackdown by social media firms, so-called "junk news" is spreading at a greater rate than in 2016 on social media ahead of the USA midterm elections, Oxford Internet Institute researchers said in a study published Thursday.

Facebook said its decision to release its preliminary findings stemmed from the fact that "we are only one day away from important elections in the U.S.".

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"We're exploring additional checks to help prevent abuse and will respond to requests from law enforcement and election officials now and in the future if new requirements arise", director of product management Rob Leathern said in a statement to the outlet.

They were widely criticized following the 2016 presidential election for allowing themselves to be exploited by foreign influence campaigns.

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

Employees work in Facebook's "War Room", during a media demonstration, October 17, 2018, in Menlo Park, Calif.

The company reportedly blocked 30 accounts on Facebook and another 85 on Instagram.

Facebook company opened a war room earlier this year in an effort to combat election interference around the globe.



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