Facebook boots 115 accounts on eve of election

Facebook removes more pages, as FBI warns Russia still targeting American voters

Facebook said late Monday it had blocked more than 100 Facebook and Instagram accounts suspected of engaging in "coordinated inauthentic behavior" ahead of the USA midterm elections.

The social network has revealed that these accounts could be linked to "foreign entities" and this suggest that they could be use to interfere with the elections.

"Sunday morning, the authorities responsible for the enforcement of the act we have contacted about activities that they have recently discovered and who, could they be related to foreign entities", says the press release.

Facebook has since identified and removed 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts.

Gleicher said these accounts were immediately blocked and are now being investigated in more detail. According to Facebook, all of the Pages associated with the accounts are in French or Russian, while the Instagram accounts have been "mostly" in English.

Previous investigations in the USA found Facebook had been used by Russian Federation to post content that aimed to influence and interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It did not rule out further accounts coming under the microscope. Some of those Instagram accounts were posting on political subjects, whereas others were publishing celebrity-related content.

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It was the USA law enforcement that warned Facebook about these accounts.

Last month, Facebook removed 82 pages, accounts and groups tied to Iran and aimed at stirring up strife in the US and the U.K. It carried out an even broader sweep in August, removing 652 pages, groups and accounts linked to Russian Federation and Iran.

"... we wanted to let people know about the action we've taken and the facts as we know them today", Gleicher said.

On Monday, the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and Director of National Intelligence put out a joint statement on election interference.

Four days ago, Twitter had reportedly taken down more than 10,000 fake accounts for coordinated misinformation aimed at discouraging USA voters from casting their ballots.

The shutdown of thousands of Russian-controlled accounts by Twitter and Facebook - plus the indictments of 14 people from Russia's notorious troll farm the Internet Research Agency - have blunted but by no means halted their efforts to influence United States politics.

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