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Facebook axes small Russian troll network ahead of election

Facebook axes small Russian troll network ahead of election Photo: WDIO File

BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology Writer
Created: September 01, 2020 02:52 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Facebook said Tuesday that it removed a small network of accounts and pages linked to Russia's Internet Research Agency, the “troll factory" that has used social media accounts to sow political discord in the U.S. since the 2016 presidential election.

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The people behind the accounts recruited “unwitting" freelance journalists to post in English and Arabic, mainly targeting left-leaning audiences.

Facebook said Tuesday the network's activity focused on the U.S., U.K., Algeria and Egypt and other English-speaking countries and countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

The company said it started investigating the network based on information from the FBI about its off-Facebook activities. 
 

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