By The Associated Press
July 31, 2018
NEW YORK — Facebook says it has uncovered "sophisticated" efforts, possibly linked to Russia, to influence U.S. politics on its platforms.
The company says it removed 32 accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were involved in "coordinated" behavior and appeared to be fake.
The company says it doesn't know who is behind the efforts, but said there are may be connections to Russia. Facebook says it has found some connections between the accounts it removed and the accounts connected to Russia's Internet Research Agency that it removed before and after the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
The earliest page was created in March 2017. Facebook says more than 290,000 accounts followed at least one of the fake pages. The most followed Facebook Pages were "Aztlan Warriors," ''Black Elevation," ''Mindful Being," and "Resisters."
Facebook has detected attempts to interfere in midterm elections
-Facebook confirmed it has identified a coordinated political influence campaign believed to be working ahead of November's midterm elections.
-In Washington D.C. this week, the social media company told lawmakers that it detected dozens of fake accounts and pages.
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Facebook confirmed it has identified a coordinated political influence campaign believed to be working ahead of November's midterm elections.
The social media company announced on Tuesday it had detected and removed 32 fake accounts and pages from both Facebook and Instagram after idetifying "coordinated inauthentic behavior."
Facebook said it has not been able to confirm Russia's involvement. During the 2016 election, the Russian troll farm Internet Research Agency (IRA) was accused in an indictment of election interference. In its announcement, Facebook admitted it did not have all the facts on who was responsible for the effort, but said it was disclosing the fake accounts now ahead of planned protests in Washington, D.C. next week.
"It's clear that whoever set up these accounts went to much greater lengths to obscure their true identities than the Russian-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) has in the past," Facebook wrote in a statement.
Just like during the 2016 elections, the fake accounts and pages focused on divisive social issues issues, like abolishing ICE and an attempt to organize a second "Unite the Right" rally in Washington, D.C. Facebook said the fake accounts spend about $11,000 in ads promoting those divisive posts.
The fake accounts used more advanced techniques to avoid detection, such as hiring third parties to run ads for them, Facebook said. Still, Facebook said it was not able to link the fake accounts to the IRA, even though the fake accounts used similar tactics.
Facebook said it has shared its findings so far with law enforcement and Congress.
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