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Facebook removes ‘coordinated’ political influence campaign as midterms loom

Facebook election interference midterms 2018

Facebook added more fuel to the election-meddling fire Tuesday, revealing that it discovered a network of pages and profiles engaging in "coordinated inauthentic behavior" related to planned protests in Washington DC. The news release was written with as many euphemisms as Facebook's PR team could come up with, but the findings are still clear: Hidden groups are using Facebook's platform to run political influence campaigns behind false identities in advance of the upcoming US midterm elections.

In a long series of blog posts, Facebook execs outlined how a network of posts and profiles have been working together to sow discord. The company stops short of attributing blame to one particular country or organization, but instead describes the pages, how they've been working, and what it did to find them.

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