Facebook has been stepping up efforts to convince lawmakers and the public that it has learned the lessons of 2016 and is doing enough to protect users from manipulation by foreign influence campaigns. The Russian network "showed some links" to Russia's Internet Research Agency (IRA), Facebook said, an organisation Washington has said was used by Moscow to meddle in the 2016 USA election.
The first network linked to Iran consisted of 93 Facebook accounts, 17 pages and four Instagram accounts, all of which were removed, Gleicher notes.
Facebook has blocked attempts by Russian Federation and Iran to interfere in the 2020 elections, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview broadcast on NBC Monday night.
The accounts adopted various political identities, such as pro-US President Donald Trump, anti-police violence, pro-US Senator Bernie Sanders, LGBTQ, feminist, pro-police and pro-Confederate, Graphika said in a report.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in an interview with NBC News, says the company has already caught Russia, China and Iran trying to sabotage the 2020 US elections - and elections in other countries too - by laying a sophisticated groundwork that it can build upon.
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"While we may never be able to catch every bad actor", warns Facebook, "this program is one of several steps we're taking to make it harder for account compromises to occur".
Rep. Maxine Waters, the California Democrat who chairs the panel, said that Facebook's cryptocurrency project Libra "create many concerns" and argued that maybe Facebook should be broken up. In recent days, Mr. Zuckerberg has met with USA lawmakers, sat for interviews with Fox News and MSNBC and issued a lengthy defence of free speech in a talk at Georgetown University. It will put labels on top of what are deemed "false" and "partly false" photos and videos.
"We will hold these pages to a higher standard of transparency because they combine the opinion-making influence of a media organization with the strategic backing of a state", a Facebook blog post said. These accounts and groups, Facebook says, were working in coordination to spread misinformation, often just ahead of elections around the world. It will also be cracking down on any attempts to suppress voting through ads, including banning ads that "suggest voting is useless or advise people not to vote", or that misrepresent polling dates or locations.
Facebook then announced "Facebook Protect", which will "further secure the accounts of elected officials, candidates, their staff and others who may be particularly vulnerable to targeting by hackers and foreign adversaries".
The politicians skewed the fact-checking policy in the wake of Facebook that published a Trump ad campaign with no-evidence statements about the involvement of the former vice president Joe Biden with the Ukraine. Facebook said Monday it will also label state-controlled media as such, label fact-checks more clearly and invest $2 million in media literacy projects.
"This campaign showed some links to the Internet Research Agency (IRA) and had the hallmarks of a well-resourced operation that took consistent operational security steps to hide their identity and location", Mr. Gleicher said in a news release, adding that the network's activities originated in Russian Federation and were aimed mostly at the U.S.