Facebook has announced that it has blocked 115 accounts on both Facebook and Instagram ahead of the US midterm elections.
The social network has revealed that these accounts could be linked to ‘foreign entities’ and this suggest that they could be use to interfere with the elections.
On Sunday evening, US law enforcement contacted us about online activity that they recently discovered and which they believe may be linked to foreign entities.
Our very early-stage investigation has so far identified around 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts that may be engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior. We immediately blocked these accounts and are now investigating them in more detail. Almost all the Facebook Pages associated with these accounts appear to be in the French or Russian languages, while the Instagram accounts seem to have mostly been in English — some were focused on celebrities, others political debate.
Facebook has been trying to stop fake accounts being used to influence people in the US, since it was discovered this was done with the previous US election.