Facebook claims more accounts were blocked due to foreign entity link
INTERNATIONAL – Facebook said on Tuesday that it blocked more accounts after a website claiming to be associated with Russia-based Internet Research agency published a list of Instagram accounts they claimed to have created.
“We had already blocked most of these accounts yesterday, and have now blocked the rest,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy said in a statement.
Just yesterday, the company blocked about 115 user accounts after US authorities tipped it off to suspicious behaviour that may be linked to a foreign entity, the company said in a blog post on Monday, hours before US voters head to the polls.
The social network said it needed to do further analysis to decide if the accounts are linked to Russia’s Internet Research Agency or another group. The United States has accused the Russian government body of meddling in US politics with social media posts meant to spread misinformation and sow discord.Reuters