Facebook deletes 115 accounts 'trying to interfere with mid-terms'

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Facebook has taken down a network of Facebook pages and Instagram accounts just hours before polls open on election day. "We had already blocked most of these accounts yesterday, and have now blocked the rest", Facebook added.

Facebook said its "very early-stage investigation" into the activity had identified 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts which could have been involved, and that it had immediately blocked these accounts.

The company chose to announce its actions right away, "given that we are only one day away from important elections in the USA", he said.

US officials say there is no indication that America's voting infrastructures have been compromised but they warn that foreign operatives are trying to influence voters.

On Sunday evening, shortly before today's USA midterms, United States law enforcement was said to have contacted Facebook about suspicious online activity that they claimed may be linked to "foreign entities".

On Sunday evening, U.S. law enforcement contacted us about online activity that they recently discovered and which they believe may be linked to foreign entities.

Twitter, meanwhile, has said it has identified more than 4,600 accounts and 10 million tweets, mostly affiliated with the Internet Research Agency, which was linked to foreign meddling in USA elections, including the presidential vote of 2016.

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The announcement came shortly after U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies said that Americans should be wary of Russian attempts to spread fake news.

The company has taken steps to curtail manipulation of its platforms after being widely criticized for allowing Russian trolls spread misinformation during the 2016 election.

It recently removed 82 pages, groups, and accounts originated in Iran for inauthentic behavior.

"The American public can mitigate these efforts by remaining informed, reporting suspicious activity, and being vigilant consumers of information", the statement said.

Earlier on Monday, numerous federal agencies, including the FBI, wrote a joint statement alerting Americans to the fact that "foreign actors-and Russian Federation in particular-continue to try to influence public sentiment and voter perceptions through actions meant to sow discord".

US tech companies are stepping up security and efforts to fight disinformation campaigns to prevent online troublemakers from trying to divide voters and discredit democracy.

Twitter says it has identified more than 4,600 accounts and 10 million tweets, mostly affiliated with the Internet Research Agency, that it says were linked to foreign meddling in USA elections, including the presidential vote of 2016.

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