According to a New York Times report, Facebook has taken down 652 accounts and pages related to potential tampering with the 2018 midterm elections.
Breaking News: Facebook took down 652 accounts and pages after finding a new influence campaign ahead of the midterms. It far exceeds the one found last monthhttps://t.co/5CJendPQtC
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 21, 2018
Apparently, they found 652 potentially problematic accounts after finding just 32 last month, and some of these originated in Russia and Iran:
“Facebook said it had identified a new political influence campaign on its platform that appeared intended to disrupt the midterm elections. The social network found and took down 652 fake accounts and pages that were trying to sow discord around social issues.”
BREAKING: Facebook has removed more than 650 pages, groups and accounts linked to Russia and Iran intending to disrupt US election.
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 21, 2018
Facebook says the accounts are linked to what the US considers Russian military intelligence services, but also that the accounts were targeting politics in Syria and Ukraine, not the US https://t.co/F3mA6F2PDW pic.twitter.com/nJHusISgr5
— Max Kutner (@maxkutner) August 22, 2018
It is comforting to see action being taken against rogue nations looking to meddle in the upcoming midterm elections, especially since the list of offending nations seems to be growing.
Thanks, Dems! Amid Trump/collusion sideshow, the list of those meddling in our election has GROWN https://t.co/hJUka1Y1Lm
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 19, 2018
While Robert Mueller’s expedition has evolved into many things, it doesn’t seem to be that focused on Russian collusion.