JRL NEWSWATCH: “Facebook Shuts Hundreds of Russia-Linked Pages, Accounts” – AP

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“Facebook … removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations …. after finding two networks ‘that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior’ on … Facebook and Instagram …. Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said … that one network operated … in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltics, Central Asia and the Caucasus. The other focused on Ukraine. … Acting on a tip from U.S. law enforcement, Facebook shut another 148 pages, groups and accounts … part of a second network that spent $25,000 on ads in 2018, paid for in rubles. … “identif[ying] some technical overlap with Russia-based activity … prior to the U.S. midterm elections … [e.g.,] shar[ing] characteristics with previous Internet Research Agency activity.” … a Russian troll farm indicted by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller for … actions aimed at influencing the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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