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Russian accounts target U.S. voters on Instagram ahead of 2020 election: Facebook


Added 10-21-19 03:03:02pm EST - “A network of Instagram accounts operated from Russia has targeted Americans with...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Russian accounts target U.S. voters on Instagram ahead of 2020 election: Facebook”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A network of Instagram accounts operated from Russia has targeted Americans with divisive political messages ahead of next year’s U.S. presidential election, with operators posing as people within the United States, Facebook said on Monday.

Facebook (FB.O) said it had suspended the accounts Monday, as well as three separate networks operated from Iran. The Russian network “showed some links” to Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA), Facebook said, an organization Washington has said was used by Moscow to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election.

“We see this operation targeting largely U.S. public debate and engaging in the sort of political issues that are challenging and sometimes divisive in the U.S. right now,” said Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy.

“Whenever you do that, a piece of what you engage on are topics that are going to matter for the election. But I can’t say exactly what their goal was.”

U.S. security officials have warned that Russia, Iran and other countries could attempt to sway the result of next year’s presidential vote and say they are on high alert for signs of foreign influence campaigns on social media.

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