Facebook blocks 30 accounts ahead of US midterm elections statement

Facebook removes more pages, as FBI warns Russia still targeting American voters

Gleicher said that the company will provide more information when it's available, stating: "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".

Facebook said 85 of the removed accounts were posting items in English on Facebook's Instagram service.

Gleicher said these accounts were immediately blocked and are now being investigated in more detail.

The company said that they made the announcement despite being only in the initial stage of the investigation as the elections are only a day away and they want to inform their customers about the "action taken and the facts as we know them today".

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

"This evening a website claiming to be associated with the IRA published a list of Instagram accounts they claim to have created".

Last month alone, Facebook removed 800 pages and accounts deemed to be spreading misinformation to influence public opinion on both the right and left.

The Internet Research Agency is essentially a Russian troll farm that has been indicted by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller for its actions during the 2016 election. Some of the accounts were mostly focused on celebrities and other political debates.

Democratic Senators called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last week to address the apparent loopholes in the social media's political ad buying, which reportedly allows anyone to purchase an advertisement under any name - including prominent Senators like Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, according to reports from New York Times and Vice News. There are signs they're making headway, although they're still a very long way from winning the war.

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

That attitude shifted as criticism of the company mounted. Investors expressed their displeasure by knocking $119 billion off Facebook's market value.

In this context, the director of the Oxford Institute and author of the study Philip Howard found that the efforts of Twitter and Facebook in order to eradicate the misinformation of their platforms were "wordsmithing" and that "obviously, small fignolages do not produce a great impact".



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