Facebook Finds 'Sophisticated' Effort To Influence U.S. Election; Russia Suspected

Facebook Finds 'Sophisticated' Effort To Influence U.S. Election; Russia Suspected

Facebook Finds 'Sophisticated' Effort To Influence U.S. Election; Russia Suspected

It has been unable to tie the accounts to Russian Federation, whose Internet Research Agency was at the centre of an indictment earlier this year for interfering in the 2016 election, but company officials told Capitol Hill that Russian Federation was possibly involved, according to two of the officials.

"We're shutting down 32 pages and accounts engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior without saying that a specific group or country is responsible", Facebook said in a series of blog posts. The people responsible for these pages are doing a better job at covering their tracks, but Facebook says some of the activity is "consistent" with the behavior they saw the IRA doing during the run-up to the 2016 election.

The new disclosure underscores the increasing difficulty of distinguishing real political discourse from content meant specifically to create dissension among Americans, even as Facebook invests heavily in systems to spot and take down such posts. Rather, the posts appeared created to appeal to different sets of thinking.

Facebook said some 290,000 users followed at least one of the pages. He said it wasn't clear whether this was the "IRA with improved capabilities or a separate group" based on what the company knows so far. The pages and accounts were connected to protests planned in Washington next week, Facebook said.

These so-called "bad actors" also shared memes criticizing colonialism and sexism, and paid third parties to run ads on their behalf, according to Facebook.

It said the account creators had gone to greater lengths to hide their identities than a Russia-based campaign to disrupt the USA presidential vote.

Facebook added that those who set up the fake accounts went to "much greater lengths to obscure their true identities than the Russian-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) has in the past".

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A second post by Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said the pages and accounts had been identified "about two weeks ago" - around the same time that Gleicher was deflecting questions about fake Facebook accounts - and gave examples of the ads and posts that had been posted by the accounts. It has also tried to make it harder for Russian-style influence campaigns to use covert Facebook ads to sway public opinion, by requiring political advertisers in the United States to register with a domestic mailing address and by making all political ads visible in a public database. "These discoveries helped us uncover the other inauthentic accounts we disabled today".

But after Facebook's announcement, the White House stressed Trump opposed all efforts at election interference. As a result, Facebook isn't able to confirm whether or not the campaign came from Russian Federation.

The social media giant said late on July 31 that it could not connect the efforts directly to Russia or to the midterm elections, which are less than 100 days away, but legislators briefed by Facebook said the methodology used by the perpetrators pointed to Russian involvement.

Facebook said it had contacted the admins involved and would alert the 2,600 users who had expressed interest in the event. "We know that Russian Federation is coming back in 2018, 2020, and beyond".

"The most followed Facebook Pages were 'Aztlan Warriors, ' 'Black Elevation, ' 'Mindful Being, ' and 'Resisters, '" Facebook said.

According to the networking site, they identified a coordinated political influence campaign through these inauthentic Facebook accounts.

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