Facebook boots 115 accounts on eve of US midterm elections after tip

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"Last night, following a tip-off from law enforcement, we blocked over 100 Facebook and Instagram accounts due to concerns that they were linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) and engaged in co-ordinated inauthentic behavior, which is banned from our services", Facebook said in a statement.

Today, the social network removed 30 accounts from Facebook and 85 accounts from Instagram.

Thirty of the now-blocked accounts were on Facebook itself and the remaining 85 were on Instagram.

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.

A spokesperson for Facebook declined to disclose any other details about the extent of the current investigation, including which USA law enforcement agency tipped off Facebook. The Instagram accounts were mostly in English.

It added all the Facebook pages associated with the accounts appeared to be in French or Russian languages.

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The Internet Research Agency is a well-known Russian troll farm with links to Putin which has been indicted in Robert Muller's election-meddling probe. The accounts focused on everything from political debate to celebrities, though it remains unclear the extent to which the users were attempting to influence voters or distribute propaganda, if at all.

Democratic Senators called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last week to address the apparent loopholes in the social media's political ad buying, which reportedly allows anyone to purchase an advertisement under any name - including prominent Senators like Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, according to reports from New York Times and Vice News.

Facebook didn't always take the risk of election interference seriously, however. Investors expressed their displeasure by knocking $119 billion off Facebook's market value.

Still, Facebook is seeing some payoff, and not just with the accounts it has been able to find and take down.

Social-media companies like Facebook are striving to act more quickly against foreign disinformation efforts than they did in the last USA election. On Twitter, however, the sharing of such stories continued to rise over the past two years.

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