Facebook has announced that it has deleted a number of pages which were apparently trying to influence the mid term elections in the US.
The company has revealed that it has recently removed 32 pages and accounts for ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior. Facebook has said that whoever setup these accounts went to great lengths to obscure their identity.
It’s clear that whoever set up these accounts went to much greater lengths to obscure their true identities than the Russian-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) has in the past. We believe this could be partly due to changes we’ve made over the last year to make this kind of abuse much harder. But security is not something that’s ever done. We face determined, well-funded adversaries who will never give up and are constantly changing tactics. It’s an arms race and we need to constantly improve too. It’s why we’re investing heavily in more people and better technology to prevent bad actors misusing Facebook — as well as working much more closely with law enforcement and other tech companies to better understand the threats we face.
It is good to see that Facebook is starting to take on these false accounts before they are able to spread misinformation and fake news that could be used to influence the mid term elections in the US.
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