Facebook blocks 115 accounts linked to foreign interference in US midterm elections

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

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

Gleicher added that Facebook would ordinarily be further along in its investigation of the accounts before going public about its moves but wanted to get the word out quickly since Election Day was at hand.

Facebook has taken down another 115 accounts likely linked to foreign powers just hours before the opening of the US midterm election polls.

Facebook said 30 more accounts that it removed were spreading posts on Facebook and were associated with Facebook pages that were written in French and Russian.

The company said its early investigation identified about 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behavior".

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. Facebook says it has blocked 115 accounts for suspected "co-ordinated inauthentic" behaviour on the eve of USA midterm elections.

"As part of our efforts to prevent interference on Facebook during elections, we are in regular contact with law enforcement, outside experts and other companies around the world", Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy, said in a statement released Monday night.

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

The announcement came shortly after United States 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.

'Foreign actors - and Russian Federation in particular - continue to try to influence public sentiment and over perceptions through actions meant to sow discord, ' the agencies said.

This announcement comes shortly after the authorities and us intelligence agencies announced that they had not spotted any attempts of disruption of the electoral process, but that Americans should be wary of attempts by the russians of spreading false information.

Twitter says it has identified more than 4,600 accounts and 10 million tweets, mostly affiliated with the Internet Research Agency, that it says were linked to foreign meddling in US elections, including the presidential vote of 2016.

Weeks before the midterm elections, major internet players such as Google, Apple and Twitter all have stepped up fight against online disinformation efforts, with thousands of fake accounts purged from their platforms.

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