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Facebook uncovers 'sophisticated' efforts to disrupt United States elections

Facebook uncovers 'sophisticated' efforts to disrupt United States elections

"This kind of behavior is not allowed on Facebook because we don't want people or organizations creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they are, or what they're doing", the company said in a blogpost.

In its statement, Facebook showed one of the fake pages it identified to be promoting a left-wing rally in the hopes of attracting participants, offline.

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It added that it "may never be able to identify the source" for the fake accounts.

The accounts, which were followed by over 290,000 Facebook users, were created between March 2017 and May 2018, the social media giant said.

"We're still in the very early stages of our investigation and don't have all the facts including who may be behind this", the company post said.

According to a Facebook official, the company held briefings in the House and Senate this week.

Facebook said since the company has increased efforts to prevent abuse, the creators of fake accounts have begun to employ trickier, more secretive efforts.

They also used third parties to publish paid advertisements on Facebook, in violation of the social media firm's policies banning foreign entities from buying US political ads.

Two U.S. intelligence officials told Reuters there was not sufficient evidence to conclude that Russia was behind the Facebook campaign, but one noted that "the similarities, aims and methodology relative to the 2016 Russian campaign are quite striking".

'It's clear that whoever set up these accounts went to much greater lengths to obscure their true identities than the Russian-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) has in the past, ' it said.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller later indicted the IRA for its "strategic goal to sow discord in the USA political system".

It said that there were more than 9,500 Facebook posts created by the accounts and one piece of content on Instagram.

Some of the deleted pages include "Aztlan Warriors", "Resisters" and "Black Elevation".

Facebook has shut down more than two dozen fake accounts believed to be created by Russians, the company revealed Tuesday in a statement on the Facebook Newsroom. "These discoveries helped us uncover the other inauthentic accounts we disabled today".

In the last election, Russian hackers alleged to be controlled by the Kremlin published anti-Hillary Clinton material, as well as racially-loaded material. The Atlantic Council, an outside group assisting Facebook in weeding out inauthentic actors, identified a 4,000-member group allegedly launched by Russian agents but dormant since it was disabled previous year.

Facebook doesn't offer any evidence that these campaigns are targeting any particular candidate.

Facebook stopped short of saying the effort was aimed at influencing the U.S. midterm elections in November, although the timing of the suspicious activity would be consistent with such an attempt.

Hai Do wrote this story based on information from Facebook.

The company says it plans to share additional findings with law enforcement and Congress. "We know that Russian Federation is coming back in 2018, 2020, and beyond".

The coordinated inauthentic activity that Facebook revealed on Tuesday shows that bad actors are determined to influence USA politics, sow division and set Americans against each other-regardless of whether they use conservatism or liberalism as conduits.

Despite Facebook's careful language, some Democrats quickly seized on the announcement as further support for their argument Russian Federation is attacking the United States.

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