Dozens of Facebook, Instagram accounts blocked over election interference concerns

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Facebook said it blocked 115 accounts for suspected "coordinated inauthentic behavior" attempting to interfere in Tuesday's USA mid-term elections.

Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity policy for the social media giant, said in a statement Monday that law enforcement contacted the company on Sunday about activity linked to foreign entities. The Instagram accounts were mostly in English, while the Facebook accounts were in French or Russian, the company said. Offering more detail, the company said that groups and accounts posed as USA or United Kingdom citizens, posting content on divisive topics like race relations and immigration.

Nearly all of the Facebook Pages associated with the blocked accounts appeared to be in French or Russian.

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"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", Facebook added.

Facebook has blocked 115 accounts federal authorities told it were acting suspiciously and might be "linked to foreign entities" and coordinating their activities.

Facebook said it would normally take more time to investigate before making a public announcement, but has chose to act promptly due to the proximity of the USA elections.

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The company said it was collaborating with law enforcement agencies, external experts and firms to prevent interference on its platform before and during the elections.

Facebook last month said it took down accounts linked to an Iranian effort to influence USA and British politics with messages about charged topics such as immigration and race relations.

The company announced its actions earlier in its investigation than typical "given that we are only one day away from important elections in the USA", he added. 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. Last month, Facebook removed more than 800 pages and accounts that were spreading misinformation seeking to influence public opinion on both the right and left sides of the aisle.

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