US midterm elections: Facebook blocks 30 accounts


New Delhi, Nov 6: Ahead of the US mid-term elections, social media giant Facebook has blocked 30 accounts on its platform and 85 accounts on Instagram.

According to the social networking major, US law enforcement contacted them about the online activity that they recently discovered and which they believe might be linked to foreign entities.

“On Sunday evening, US law enforcement contacted us about an online activity that they recently discovered and which they believe may be linked to foreign entities”, Facebook said in its blogpost.

Our very early-stage investigation has so far identified around 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts that may be engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior.

“We immediately blocked these accounts and are now investigating them in more detail. Almost all the Facebook Pages associated with these accounts appear to be in the French or Russian languages, while the Instagram accounts seem to have mostly been in English — some were focused on celebrities, others political debate”, it added.

Last month, Facebook had removed 82 Pages, Groups and accounts for what it described “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” that originated in Iran and targeted people in the US and Britain.

Prior to this, In August 600 Pages and accounts originating from Russia and Iran for engaging in “inauthentic behaviour” were removed by the social network.


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