Publicado: Mier, Noviembre 07, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Facebook deletes 115 accounts 'trying to interfere with mid-terms'

Facebook deletes 115 accounts 'trying to interfere with mid-terms'

The social media giant said US law enforcement flagged the accounts on Sunday, citing "online activity that they recently discovered and which they believe may be linked to foreign entities", according to the statement. 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.

Facebook said Monday it blocked some 30 accounts on its platform and 85 more on Instagram after police warned they may be linked to "foreign entities" trying to interfere in the USA midterm election.

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.

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

Facebook took down 30 accounts as well as 85 accounts on Instagram, which is also owns after warnings of sustained efforts to affect the result of the United States midterms, which take place today.

"Some were focused on celebrities, others political debate", he wrote, and did not list or further describe them.

Facebook also disclosed sophisticated attempts from Russian Federation to interfere with elections and promote political discord in the U.S.

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The announcement comes as Facebook remains under pressure to purge bots and other foreign actors intent on undermining the USA political system from its platforms.

Facebook says it removed 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts.

"We're exploring additional checks to help prevent abuse and will respond to requests from law enforcement and election officials now and in the future if new requirements arise", director of product management Rob Leathern said in a statement to the outlet.

Earlier on Monday, numerous federal agencies, including the FBI, wrote a joint statement alerting Americans to the fact that "foreign actors-and Russian Federation in particular-continue to try to influence public sentiment and voter perceptions through actions meant to sow discord".

Facebook and other social media companies are sensitive to the potential for misbehavior.

The agencies concluded: "Our agencies have been making preparations for almost two years in advance of these elections and are closely engaged with officials on the ground to help them ensure the voting process is secure".

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