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Facebook records 30 "foreign" accounts and 85 Instagram accounts ahead of the US election

Facebook has released a new update on the fight against electoral mixes, false news and disinformation. According to the announcement, the company is in regular contact with law enforcement agencies, other companies around the world and even with "external experts".

Facebook claimed that the investigation into this matter along with partnerships around the world helped the company remove 82 pages from its platform before October 26. The company's update also revealed that new law enforcement information allowed the company to close additional accounts, "likely to be associated with overseas companies."

To provide specific statistics on the situation, Facebook revealed that the company's "early investigation" helped identify "around 30" accounts on Facebook and 85 accounts on Instagram. The parameter here seems to be based on "coordinated inauthentic behavior". As a result, the company has blocked all affected accounts. Currently the accounts are being examined more closely. Facebook also found that all Facebook pages associated with the 30 accounts are in Russian or French. Statements about locked Instagram accounts indicate that they are "mostly" in English with different goals.

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According to the information, some of Instagram's forbidden accounts focused on celebrities, while others focused on political debates. The announcement took place hours before the midterm elections. Facebook made it clear that the investigation had not been completed, but it should let the public know that it had taken action against interference in the upcoming elections.

Facebook further stated that it will continue to analyze the accounts and completed the update by announcing that it would provide more information after the investigation was completed.


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