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>> Facebook on Tuesday said its identified a coordinated campaign to influence the 2018 midterms activity that's consistent with Russian efforts from 2016. The social network said it removed 32 politically oriented fake accounts and pages from the platform and Instagram, due to what the company called inauthentic behavior. Aztlan Warriors, Black Elevation, and Resisters are just some of the names of pages and accounts that collectively created more than 9500 posts and were followed by almost 300,000 other Facebook accounts.
Reuters tech correspondent, Stephen Nellis.>> The pages in the accounts that Facebook took down seem to getting some real traction. They had about 290,000 followers, and they had spent about $11,000 on 150 different ads. These pages were also creating events and trying to get people interested in coming to them.
They created about 30 different events and one of them had about 1400 people who said that they were interested in coming.>> Facebook has not identified who is behind the fake accounts, saying whoever is behind them went to great lengths to hide their true identities. The company said the fake accounts coordinated activity before a planned protest in the US next week.
Facebook said it disabled the event page for that protest.>> Congress, other technology companies and law enforcement officials about this political influence operation. However, it comes just a week after the company had a disastrous earnings report in which it lost more than a hundred billion dollars of value after telling its investors that privacy regulations in Europe and other privacy related matters were going to eat into its growth for years to come.
>> Facebook shares declined slightly following Tuesday's news of the political influence operation.