Facebook Says Took Down 3 Russia-Originated Social Media Networks

Facebook Removes More Accounts Linked to Russia

According to Facebook, although the persons behind the operation took steps to hide their identities and coordination, investigation connected these groups to the Russian military, including military intelligence services, as civil.ge reported.

He added that although the accounts removed today were not directly associated with election interference, they were linked to the same outfit that focused its efforts on interfering with the 2016 election.

Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a fresh warning about threat actors who are attempting to target US voting infrastructure.

The reason for the blocking is called "a violation ... of the strategy of countering interference at the government level, which manifests itself in coordinated inauthentic behavior on behalf of a foreign or state structure".

The largest network in the latest removal, which spanned 301 groups, pages and accounts, was linked to Russian military intelligence services, Facebook said. He added that these clusters also focused on driving people to their off-platform sites and other social media platforms where, among other topics, they promoted content related to past alleged leaks of compromising information and that the operation had nearly no following on Facebook platforms when they removed it. "A small portion of this activity focused on the United Kingdom and the U.S.".

With an eye on election interference, Facebook scrubs networks of phony Russian accounts

Facebook indicates that this activity originated in Russian Federation, and was mainly directed against Syria and Ukraine, and, to a lesser extent, against Turkey, Japan, Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, Moldova, Great Britain and the United States. The social media company traced the accounts to members of Russia's military intelligence services. This small network originated in Russian Federation and focused primarily on Turkey and Europe, and also on the US. The accounts were thought to originate in Russian Federation and targeted audiences in many countries, including the U.S. About 4,800 users followed at least one of the Facebook pages, and another 5,600 followed at least one of the Instagram accounts, the social media company reports.

The FBI and CISA also note there has been "no reporting to suggest cyber activity has prevented a registered voter from casting a ballot, compromised the integrity of any ballots cast or affected the accuracy of voter registration information".

The social media giant's actions against the three networks came on the same day the Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, issued a fresh warning that unspecified threat actors are attempting to target voting infrastructure.

"We would like to once again appeal to the United States with a proposal to approve a comprehensive program of practical measures to reset our relations in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT)", he added.

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