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  • Facebook blocks some 30 accounts & 85 accounts on Instagram

    Published on November 6, 2018

    Facebook said it hadblocked some 30 accounts on its platform and 85 accounts on photo-sharingsocial network Instagram. The move comes over concerns they may be linked toforeign entities and aimed at interfering in US midterm elections.

    The announcement camein San Francisco shortly after US law enforcement and intelligence agenciessaid that Americans should be wary of Russian attempts to spread fake news.

    A study published lastweek found that misinformation on social media was spreading at a greater ratethan during the run-up to the 2016 presidential vote.

    Oxford InternetInstitute researchers said despite an aggressive crackdown by social mediafirms, so-called “junk news” is spreading on social media ahead ofthe US midterm elections. Twitter said on Saturday it d a “series ofaccounts” that attempted to share disinformation.