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Facebook identifies campaign to interfere in U.S. midterm elections

Facebook identifies campaign to interfere in U.S. midterm elections

Facebook has so far removed eight pages, 17 profiles, and seven Instagram accounts for violating its ban on "coordinated inauthentic behavior". Almost 300,000 people followed at least one of the newly banned accounts and thousands expressed interest in events they promoted. But he said that Democrats, not his fellow Republicans, would be the ones targeted.

"I think with pretty high confidence that.this was Russian-related", he said. There was also an effort to amplify the "Abolish ICE" message pushed by liberals, the source said. Over this time period, they generated 9,500 posts and ran 150 ads for about $11,000. The nonprofit is working with Facebook to find and analyze abuse on its service.

During a media briefing today, Facebook's chief information security officer Alex Stamos said the network behind these accounts did more to hide their identities than the Russia-backed Internet Research Agency did in 2016, including using VPNs and internet phone services, and paying third parties to place ads on their behalf.

"We know that Russians and other bad actors are going to continue to try to abuse our platform - before the midterms, probably during the midterms, after the midterms, and around other events and elections", Gleicher said.

According to the DFRL, it's reasonable to conclude that some of the fake accounts were Russian in origin.

There was also coordinated activity around #AbolishICE, a leftwing campaign aimed at ending the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, the New York Times reported.

"We think it's inevitable that we will find evidence, and we will find other actors, whether these are from Russian Federation, from other countries, or domestic actors that are looking to continue to try and abuse the platform", Gleicher said. Facebook's shares promptly dropped nearly 20 percent and haven't recovered.

The lab cited "consistent mistranslation, as well as an overwhelming focus on polarizing issues at the top of any given news cycle".

The coordinators of a deadly white-supremacist event in Charlottesville previous year reportedly have been given a permit to hold a rally near the White House on August 12, the anniversary of the 2017 gathering.

"Very positive signals" after U.S., Taliban talks
A former Taliban minister also confirmed that a meeting between US officials and the Taliban took place earlier this week in Doha. In Kabul, the Afghanistan President's office, ARG, on Saturday welcomed any support for peace efforts.

Facebook released the information on Tuesday because one of the suspended users - a previously identified IRA account - was listed as a co-administrator on an event scheduled next week in D.C., to protest a "Unite the Right" event.

So, too, does the new undertaking; the new batch of most popular pages include "Aztlan Warriors", "Black Elevation", "Mindful Being", and "Resisters".

The examples Facebook provided Tuesday of erased content did not support or attack any specific elected officials or parties.

A screengrab from one of the pages that Facebook shut down.

The Silicon Valley darling will never stop being a target for those who wish to manipulate people. The timing for Facebook's announcement isn't a coincidence. "The latest was created in May 2018", wrote Gleicher.

"Facebook said the "Resisters" page, which organized the "No Unite the Right 2" event, recruited real activists who "unwittingly helped build interest in" the event" and posted information about transportation, materials, and locations so people could get to the protests".

Representative Adam Schiff (Democrat-California) speaks during an interview with Mike Allen of Axios in Washington, DC, on January 31, 2018. It said it identified the first of them two weeks ago. They are "dividing us along political and ideological lines, to the detriment of our cherished democratic system".

"The set of actors we see now might be the IRA with improved capabilities, or it could be a separate group", explained Facebook's chief security officer Alex Stamos.

In the last election, Russian hackers alleged to be controlled by the Kremlin published anti-Hillary Clinton material, as well as racially-loaded material. Regardless, Democrats quickly pinned the blame on Russian Federation. "The United States of America will not tolerate any foreign interference in our elections from any nation state".


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