Facebook Blocked Numbers of Russian’s Accounts which Indicated With Spurious Acts

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On the evening of the US Midterm Election, Facebook said that they blocked around 30 accounts on their platform while 85 more on Instagram.

Facebook shared examples of content being shared, saying there were many posts about celebrities as well as social issues such as women's rights and gay pride.

Earlier this month, ahead of the U.S. midterm elections, Facebook said it had pulled down more than 100 accounts that may be linked to Russia's Internet Research Agency. Facebook has added contracts with cybersecurity research firms and academic institutions, so it will have extra help.

Facebook said it pulled down this post for "inauthentic activity".

In total, Facebook said it removed 36 Facebook accounts, six pages and 99 Instagram accounts the company thinks may be linked to foreign entities.

Statistics reveal that about 1.25 million people followed at least one of these Instagram accounts and 600,000 of those followers came from the United States.

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"Last Tuesday, a website claiming to be associated with the Internet Research Agency, a Russia-based troll farm, published a list of Instagram accounts they said that they'd created".

Also informed that about 36 numbers of accounts have blocked from Facebook.

"Ultimately, this effort may have been connected to the IRA, but we aren't best placed to say definitively whether that is the case", Gleicher said. These fake accounts created from another half of the world were involved in posting stuff about the hot topics of today. "We had already blocked a lot of them, and based on our internal investigation, we blocked the rest", Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher wrote in Tuesday's blog post.

There was about $4,500 in ad spend from these Pages, and none of the ads ran in the US.

Facebook previously announced the removal of the accounts, but it had not disclosed the exact number of them, how long they operated or how many users they reached. Since then social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter have been asked to take necessary precautions and measures to fight election meddling.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) informed Facebook on November 4, according to these online activities. The company has been working on improving its relationship with the government, so it can continue to get tips like this ahead of the 2020 presidential election.


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