Facebook has blocked 115 accounts federal authorities said it was acting suspiciously and might be “linked to foreign entities” and coordinating their activities. The online giant revealed the move in a blog post Monday – the day before the all-important mid-term elections in the U.S.
In the post, Facebook Head of Cybersecurity Policy Nathaniel Gleicher said, “On Sunday evening, US law enforcement contacted us about online activity that they recently discovered and which they believe may be linked to foreign entities.
” Our very vroeg stadium onderzoek heeft zover geïdentificeerd rond 30 Facebook accounts en 85 Instagram accounts die kunnen worden verwerkt in gecoördineerde inauthentic gedrag. We immediately blocked these accounts and are now investigating them in more detail. Almost all the Facebook Pages associated with these accounts appear to be in French or Russian languages, while the Instagram accounts seem to have mostly been in English ̵
1; some were focused on celebrities, others political debate. ”
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 soon since Election Day was at hand.
“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.
The Internet Research Agency is a Russian-based entity caught up in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s February indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three companies. indictment accused them of breaking US laws to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. The defendants, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said, conducted informa tion warfare against the U.S. Twelve of the individual defendants worked at various times for Internet Research Agency.
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