The social network has eliminated dozens of fake Facebook and Instagram accounts claiming that it fights against foreign meddling in US elections.
The social network Facebook has assured this Tuesday that it has identified a new coordinated campaign of political influence to confuse users and organize demonstrations before the legislative elections in November in the United States (known as ‘midterms’), which has eliminated dozens of false accounts.
Facebook has stressed during the day that it has removed 32 pages and Facebook and Instagram accounts, alleging the fight against foreign meddling in the US elections.
The company said it is still in the early stages of its investigation and that it still does not know who could be behind the influence campaign for the 2018 elections that will determine whether Republicans retain control of Congress or not.
Operations director Sheryl Sandberg has said that attempts to manipulate public opinion would likely become more sophisticated to evade control of Facebook, and has described the situation as an “arms race”.
More than 290,000 accounts followed at least one of the pages and about $ 11,000 was spent on about 150 ads, according to Facebook. The pages created around 30 events since May 2017.
The company had previously said that 126 million Americans may have seen political content backed by Russia on Facebook over a period of two years, and that 16 million may have been exposed to Russian information on Instagram.