More than 30 Facebook and 85 Instagrams accounts were blocked on Monday November 5th. Facebook said that these accounts were associated with participating in “composed inauthentic conduct” in front of the US midterm decisions. Nearly all the Facebook pages appeared to be in French or Russian, while the Instagram pages were written mostly in English
Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, wrote in a blog post on Monday that these account suspensions were made after aw enforcement officials contacted Facebook Sunday evening about recently discovered online activity, which they believed “may be associated to foreign entities.”
Gleicher wrote in his post: “Given that we are only one day away from important elections in the US, we wanted to let people know about the action we’ve taken and the facts as we know them today.”
The social network said it would provide further information on whether the accounts are linked to the Internet Research Agency, a group linked to Russian propaganda efforts.