Facebook Blocks More Than 100 Accounts, Citing Possible Foreign Influence

Facebook Blocks More Than 100 Accounts, Citing Possible Foreign Influence

Facebook Blocks More Than 100 Accounts, Citing Possible Foreign Influence

Facebook said its "very early-stage investigation" into the activity had identified 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts which could have been involved, and that it had immediately blocked these accounts.

This year's contest has been portrayed as crucial by both Republicans and Democrats because both chambers of Congress, and the accompanying ability to pass or reject President Donald Trump's agenda, are up for grabs.

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

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

The company said it was collaborating with law enforcement agencies, external experts and firms to prevent interference on its platform before and during the elections.

The account suspensions were made after USA law enforcement officials contacted Facebook Sunday evening about recently discovered online activity believed "may be linked to foreign entities", Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, wrote in a blog post Monday.


The company has taken steps to curtail manipulation of its platforms after being widely criticized for allowing Russian trolls spread misinformation during the 2016 election.

The revelation came less than a month after Facebook unveiled its so-called "war room" dedicated to combating fake accounts and news stories ahead of the midterm elections.

Twitter said Saturday it deleted a "series of accounts" that attempted to share disinformation without giving a number. The accounts focused on everything from political debate to celebrities, though it remains unclear the extent to which the users were attempting to influence voters or distribute propaganda, if at all.

Facebook late Monday said it had received a tip from federal law enforcement and responded by taking down 85 Instagram accounts and 30 Facebook accounts. In August, another 652 pages also linked to Iran were taken down.

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".

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