The Russian troll group that interfered in the U. Facebook says it removed 13 accounts and two pages from its social media platform in August that had links to the Internet Research Agency , the Russian group that waged a disinformation campaign in In a report about "coordinated inauthentic behavior," Facebook notes that the company received a tip from the FBI about the activity. While the Facebook report notes that these IRA-linked accounts and pages were in the early stages of developing an audience, the creators behind them used sophisticated techniques - including computer-generated photos - to create online personas and to manage content.
Wise up my people! According to a new report commissioned for the Senate Intelligence Committee by cybersecurity firm New Knowledge , those accounts, along with dozens more, were part of an extensive and complex campaign to suppress the black American vote by the Russian firm Internet Research Agency. In late , it was first reported by CNN that the pro-Kremlin enterprise masterminded a plot to infiltrate online communities of the Black Lives Matter movement. The page report is based on data sets provided to the Senate by Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet, comprising tens of thousands of posts between and
Facebook reveals Russian troll content, shuts down 135 IRA accounts
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Facebook is showing an unprecedented level of transparency around its latest effort to suspend Russian trolls trying to influence elections and mislead the public as it tries to regain the trust of users and the government. The company shared both stats about the account deletions and samples of the content they shared. Facebook has removed 70 Facebook accounts, Facebook Pages, and 65 Instagram accounts run by the Russian government-connected troll farm and election interference squad the Internet Research Agency.