Facebook connects Russia to 100+ accounts it removed ahead of mid-termsJosh Constine / TechCrunch - 10 months ago
  • The 115 accounts Facebook took down yesterday for inauthentic behavior ahead of the mid-term elections may indeed have been linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency, according to a new statement from the company.
  • Facebook’s head of cyber security policy Nathaniel Gleicher issued this statement to TechCrunch:
  • “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 coordinated inauthentic behavior, which is banned from our services.
  • Yesterday, Facebook had published that it would provide an update on whether the removed accounts were connected to Russia, as some were in Russian languages: