Facebook IDs, blocks dozens of flagged accounts before midterm elections

Omar Marques  SOPA Images  LightRocket via Getty Images

Omar Marques SOPA Images LightRocket via Getty Images

Offering more detail, the company said that groups and accounts posed as US or United Kingdom citizens, posting content on divisive topics like race relations and immigration.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied directing an interference campaign in support of Donald Trump's presidency.

"Typically, we would be further along with our analysis before announcing anything publicly", Facebook said.

Some accounts "were focused on celebrities" and others on "political debate", it added.

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.

It comes after American security services revealed efforts by Russian Federation to spread misinformation and interfere in the 2016 presidential election, using Facebook as a tool to do so.




Facebook took action after being tipped off Sunday evening by USA law enforcement officials, who said recently discovered online activity, 'may be linked to foreign entities, ' Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, wrote.

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

The company said that they made the announcement despite being only in the initial stage of the investigation as the elections are only a day away and they want to inform their customers about the "action taken and the facts as we know them today".

Twitter said Saturday it deleted a "series of accounts" that attempted to share disinformation without giving a number.

The company removed 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts. Tim was among a group of journalists the company invited to tour the "war room" Facebook has established at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

Gleicher said the accounts were possibly engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behaviour", although he said it was too early to tell whether they were linked to the notorious Russian-based Internet Research Agency troll farm.

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