Facebook Blocks 115 Accounts for 'Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior' Ahead of Midterm Elections

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

Facebook blocks 115 accounts suspected of 'inauthentic behavior'

Facebook said Monday that it had blocked 115 social media accounts after receiving a warning from federal law enforcement officials of "coordinated inauthentic behavior" that could be linked to foreign entities.

The action came after law enforcement authorities contacted Facebook to inform them of social media activity that they believe may be linked to foreign entities, Nathaniel Gleicher, the company's cybersecurity policy head, said in a release.

Facebook said Monday it blocked some 30 accounts on its platform and 85 more on Instagram after police warned they may be linked to "foreign entities" trying to interfere in the U.S. midterm election. The accounts were blocked and a further investigation is underway.

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"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", he concluded.

She said Russian "trolls", or provocateurs, were likely stoking sentiments on both ends of the USA political spectrum "but that the network we now have identified is targeting the far right of American political discourse".

The announcement came shortly after USA law enforcement and intelligence agencies said they had no indication of efforts to disrupt election infrastructure but that Americans should be wary of Russian attempts to spread fake news.

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The disinformation campaign appears as if it could be tied to the same Russian company that has been charged with interfering in the 2016 presidential election, although Facebook's investigation is ongoing.

"Some were focused on celebrities, others political debate", he wrote, and did not list or further describe them.

The company announced its actions earlier in its investigation than typical "given that we are only one day away from important elections in the USA", he added. Last month, Facebook removed more than 800 pages and accounts that were spreading misinformation seeking to influence public opinion on both the right and left sides of the aisle.

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

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