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Facebook Shut Down More Than 100 IRA Accounts

A social networking service company, Facebook removing Russian accounts as well as pages that are linked to Internet Research Agency a Russian company known for activating inauthentic accounts during the 2016 U.S. presidential race.

The company also deleted Instagram accounts and around $167,000 worth of ads that had been purchased on Instagram and Facebook. Security experts say it’s more evidence to the organization is still attempting to sway public opinion.

Facebook’s Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos said, “The IRA has repeatedly used complex networks of inauthentic accounts to deceive and manipulate people who use Facebook, including before, during and after the 2016 US presidential elections.”

Further, Alex added, “It’s why we don’t want them on Facebook. We removed this latest set of pages and accounts solely because they were controlled by the IRA – not based on the content.”

The company stated that approximately millions of people operate at least one of the Facebook pages as well as Instagram accounts controlled by the IRA. The social networking company would remove every account linked to the IRA in future, Stamos said.

He said, “Set of social media accounts along with the pages was used to target Russian and people speaking Russian in neighbouring countries like Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan.”

Stamos added, “Security isn’t a problem you ever fully solve. Organisations like the IRA are sophisticated adversaries who are constantly evolving, but we’ll keep improving our techniques to stay ahead – especially when it comes to protecting the integrity of elections.”


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