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>> The game of Whac-A-Mole to shut down fake accounts is getting harder for Facebook to win at. The company said this week it removed 32 fake pages and accounts from its platform and Instagram involved in what it called coordinated inauthentic behavior. And cyber security experts who've studied those accounts say the creators are learning fast from past mistakes.
Reuters cyber security correspondent, Christopher Bing.>> Before 2016 and leading up to the election, there are times where the creators would create their Facebook account from Russia. And they would do nothing to change their IP address. So it would say account made in Moscow posting about Florida. So it was fairly obvious, but today they’re using a variety of different tools to obfuscate their origin.
They’re also using a number of other services and they’re also paying in US dollars so that it’s not as obvious who is behind the account and the fact that they’re not Americans.>> While Facebook was previously able to connect a Russian group known as the Internet Research Agency to a myriad of posts, events, and propaganda that were placed on Facebook, leading up to the 2016 US presidential election.
This time the company didn't identify the source of the fake accounts.>> These all that is because as the platforms and law enforcement try to track foreign propaganda and let the public know about what’s real and what’s fake, it’s becoming more difficult to do that. So the entire meaning of what’s real news is challenged.
>> President Trump's top national security aids on Thursday said that Russia is behind quote "pervasive attempts to interfere in the midterm elections" and that they expect attempts by Russia and others to continue into the 2020 elections. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Moscow has denied any election interference.