Facebook scraps accounts trying to influence November’s U.S. elections

Facebook has identified a coordinated political influence campaign ahead of November’s U.S. congressional elections and taken down dozens of fake accounts. Fred Katayama reports.

(REUTERS, FACEBOOK) – Facebook said it identified a coordinated political campaign designed to influence U.S. congressional elections in November.

It took down 32 fake pages and accounts from its site and Instagram.

The company also said more than 290,000 accounts followed at least one of the fake pages.

And $11,000 had been spent on about 150 ads.

The pages had created about 30 events since May 2017.

The New York Times reported that earlier this week, Facebook told U.S. lawmakers that it detected the campaign as part of its investigation into election interference.

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russian state operators tried to influence the U.S. presidential elections in 2016 by creating fake social media accounts and posts and hacking into Democratic Party networks.

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