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

Facebook removes more pages, as FBI warns Russia still targeting American voters

Facebook blocks 115 accounts suspected of 'inauthentic behavior'

Facebook Inc blocked about 115 user accounts after USA authorities tipped it off to suspicious behavior that may be linked to a foreign entity, the company said in a blog post on Monday, hours before US voters head to the polls.

In a blog post Monday night, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cyber security policy, said 85 of the accounts were on the company's Instagram service, with the remainder on Facebook itself. The Instagram accounts are mostly in English - some were focused on celebrities, others political debate, Gleicher wrote.

Facebook has disrupted a disinformation campaign targeting the U.S. midterm elections first detected by American law enforcement.

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

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied directing an interference campaign in support of Donald Trump's presidency.

Facebook said its decision to release its preliminary findings stemmed from the fact that "we are only one day away from important elections in the USA".

The announcement came shortly after U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies said that Americans should be wary of Russian attempts to spread fake news.

The company has taken steps to curtail manipulation of its platforms after being widely criticized for allowing Russian trolls spread misinformation during the 2016 election.

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Common Cause, the nonpartisan citizen's lobby, which was keeping a tally of disinformation on social media, said it was unable to tell immediately the genesis of the misleading Twitter posts.

Facebook last month said it took down accounts linked to an Iranian effort to influence United States and British politics with messages about charged topics such as immigration and race relations. Tim was among a group of journalists the company invited to tour the "war room" Facebook has established at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

The company reportedly blocked 30 accounts on Facebook and another 85 on Instagram.

Facebook didn't always take the risk of election interference seriously, however.

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