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On Tuesday morning, the political and tech worlds were startled to learn that Facebook had identified and stopped a new covert campaign to spread divisive political messages on its platform, the first such announcement since 2017.

According to head of Cybersecurity, Policy Nathaniel Gleicher, the company first identified the activity two weeks ago. So far, the activity encompasses eight Facebook Pages, 17 profiles and seven accounts on Instagram. Facebook stated that the activity “violate[s] our ban on coordinated inauthentic behavior.”

Two U.S. intelligence officials said there was not sufficient evidence to conclude that Russia was behind the Facebook campaign, but one noted that “the similarities, aims and methodology relative to the 2016 Russian campaign are quite striking.”

News sources:  https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/new-facebook-propaganda-campaign-mislead-13016205

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2018/07/31/facebook-warns-election-interference-similar-russia-campaign-2016-ahead-midterms/871581002/

 

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