Dozens of Facebook pages and Instagram accounts removed

Dozens of Facebook pages and Instagram accounts removed

The blocked Facebook pages reportedly communicated mainly in French and Russian although the majority of accounts on Instagram were English-speaking.

She said Russian "trolls", or provocateurs, were likely stoking sentiments on both ends of the USA political spectrum "but that the network we now have identified is targeting the far right of American political discourse".

US law enforcement tipped the company off that these pages could be linked to foreign entities.

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 U.S.".

This year's contest has been portrayed as crucial by both Republicans and Democrats because both chambers of Congress, and the accompanying ability to pass or reject President Donald Trump's agenda, are up for grabs.

Facebook has taken down a network of Facebook pages and Instagram accounts just hours before polls open on election day.

Social media companies say they are now more vigilant against foreign and other potential election interference after finding themselves unprepared to tackle such activity in the USA presidential election two years ago.

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The disinformation campaign appears as if it could be tied to the same Russian company that has been charged with interfering in the 2016 presidential election, although Facebook's investigation is ongoing. It gave no number. The accounts focused on celebrities or political debate.

Facebook had removed 82 pages linked to Iran late last month for the same reason.

He also pledged to keep the public updated, suggesting Facebook may move to block more suspicious accounts.

Employees work in Facebook's "War Room", during a media demonstration, October 17, 2018, in Menlo Park, Calif.

At this early stage, Facebook says it doesn't know which foreign actors were attempting to spread mischief on its platform, or whether any of these accounts are linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency.

The war room is part of stepped up security announced by Facebook, which will be adding some 20,000 employees.

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