On eve of United States elections, Facebook pulls down 115 "inauthentic" accounts

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"Americans should be aware that foreign actors, and Russian Federation in particular, continue to try to influence public sentiment and voter perceptions through actions meant to sow discord", including through social media, federal authorities said in a statement on Monday.

In a blog post Monday night, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cyber security policy, said 85 of the accounts were on the company's Instagram service, with the remainder on Facebook itself.

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Facebook made the announcement in a statement Monday evening, saying it blocked 30 accounts on its namesake platform and 85 on Instagram that authorities believe are linked to foreign entities tying to interfere with the closely watched USA elections.

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". "Nearly all the Facebook Pages associated with these accounts appear to be in the French or Russian languages, while the Instagram accounts seem to have mostly been in English - some were focused on celebrities, others political debate".

Facebook said it planned to release more information as the investigation continues.

Facebook established a "war room" in its Menlo Park headquarters, staffed with a team focused on identifying misinformation, monitoring false news and deleting fake accounts that might be trying to influence voters.

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The shutdown of thousands of Russian-controlled accounts by Twitter and Facebook - plus the indictments of 14 people from Russia's notorious troll farm the Internet Research Agency - have blunted but by no means halted their efforts to influence United States politics.

Facebook has since tried to clamp down on nefarious foreign actors.

The company reportedly blocked 30 accounts on Facebook and another 85 on Instagram.

A spokesperson for Facebook declined to disclose any other details about the extent of the current investigation, including which USA law enforcement agency tipped off Facebook.

Facebook didn't always take the risk of election interference seriously, however.

"Finding and removing abuse is a constant challenge".

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