Facebook removes scores of inauthentic accounts, one targeting United States 2020 election

Wednesday, 23 Oct, 2019

Raising fresh questions and new critiques about his close ties to corporate elites amid a hotly contested Democratic primary, Bloomberg reports Monday morning that the campaign of South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg received private and direct hiring advice from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg-advice the presidential candidate apparently took. Before a user can share the content, they would again be informed that it is false information, Facebook adds.

Zuckerberg acknowledged that Facebook's missteps on privacy and data protection have led many to conclude that "we're not the ideal messenger right now" for the digital coin but argued that the plan would be beneficial for many people including those outside the banking system.

President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign had Facebook employees on hand for assistance, something that members of that campaign said was a significant benefit in terms of how to best utilize the platform.

"We removed four separate networks of accounts, Pages and Groups on Facebook and Instagram for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behaviour".

Multiple U.S. investigations have confirmed the extent of Russia's attempt to interfere in the 2016 presidential race.

The company said it identified these manipulation campaigns as part of its internal investigations into suspected Iran-linked inauthentic behaviour, as well as ongoing proactive work ahead of the USA elections. Facebook said the effort had the "hallmarks of a well-resourced operation". The network had about 45 accounts that followed one or more of these pages and about 7,300 people followed one or more of these Instagram accounts, the company says.

Facebook on Monday announced a new security program for the Facebook and Instagram accounts of presidential campaigns and election officials in a bid to keep them from getting hacked. "Facebook took this operation down while it was still building an audience". She recently ran a fake political ad on Facebook taking aim at Zuckerberg to protest the company's policy of not fact-checking politicians' speech or ads in the same way it enlists outside parties to fact-check news stories and other posts.

"This should not be misconstrued as if I'm deeply involved in trying to support their campaign or something like that", said Zuckerberg during the call. Research shows that access to financial services can help people lift themselves out of poverty ... It also outlined steps to protect against "voter suppression" including any efforts to mislead people about where or when to vote.

"They [the Russian-backed network] took operational security steps to hide their identity and location".

In a report Monday, Graphika said that these accounts - almost half of which claimed to be from swing states, such as Florida - included content expressing praise for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump, and attacked candidates Kamala Harris and Warren.