Facebook deletes 115 accounts 'trying to interfere with mid-terms'

Facebook Blocks 115 Accounts on Eve of US Election

Facebook Blocks 115 Accounts on Eve of US Election

The tip came from USA law enforcement on Sunday night, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, wrote in the post.

Facebook made the announcement in a statement Monday evening, saying it blocked 30 accounts on its namesake platform and 85 on Instagram that authorities believe are linked to foreign entities tying to interfere with the closely watched US elections.

Gleicher wrote that the accounts were immediately blocked after the company was notified Sunday evening of suspicious behavior and that the questionable accounts - potentially linked to foreign entities - are being investigated "in more detail".

A man is silhouetted against a video screen with an Facebook logo as he poses with a laptop in this photo illustration taken in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, August 14, 2013.

Facebook removed more than 100 accounts that it believes may have been involved in "coordinated inauthentic behavior" ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections.

"Typically, we would be further along with our analysis before announcing anything publicly", Gleicher said.

The company announced its actions earlier in its investigation than typical "given that we are only one day away from important elections in the USA", he added. Almost all the Facebook pages appeared to be in French or Russian, while the Instagram pages were written mostly in English, Facebook said.

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Facebook said it planned to release more information as the investigation continues.

The war room is part of stepped up security announced by Facebook, which will be adding some 20,000 employees.

When Ars tried to confirm this with Facebook, the company declined to answer.

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

Facebook, which has been blamed for doing too little to prevent misinformation efforts by Russian Federation and others in the 2016 U.S. election, now wants the world to know it is taking aggressive steps with initiatives like the war room.

Facebook company opened a war room earlier this year in an effort to combat election interference around the globe.

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