Facebook blocks 115 accounts following a tip-off from U.S. authorities on election eve

Federal authorities have issued a statement saying, “Americans should be aware that foreign actors, and Russia in particular, continue to try to influence public sentiment and voter perceptions through actions intended to sow discord”.

Hours before U.S. voters went to polls, Facebook Inc has blocked 115 user accounts following a tip off by U.S. authorities that they could be linked to a foreign entity, said Facebook in a blog post.

Facebook further stated, it would require more analysis to decide whether these accounts are linked to Russia’s Internet Research Agency or another group.

The United States has accused the Russian government of weaponizing social media to meddle into its affairs by spreading misinformation and discord through social media posts.

85% of the blocked accounts were posting in English on Facebook’s Instagram service, while 30 or more were on Facebook and were in French and Russian, said Facebook in its blog post. Some accounts “were focused on celebrities” while others on “political debate,”.

According to Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, the tip off came from U.S. law enforcement.

“Americans should be aware that foreign actors, and Russia in particular, continue to try to influence public sentiment and voter perceptions through actions intended to sow discord,” said federal authorities in a statement on Monday.

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