Russia meddling in the US elections has been long debated, ever since Donald Trump beat Hilary Clinton, to become the America’s 45th President. However, with no solid proofs, yet a solid belief, Facebook has now exposed the new chapter to a story, and it looks quite relatable to how things might have actually worked to influence people at masses.
Facebook has uncovered the complex efforts, possibly linked to Russia in influencing the American politics in advance of the U.S. midterm elections. The social media giant in its blog post said that it has removed 32 accounts from Facebook and Instagram, as they were involved in some sort of political activities and appeared to be fake.
Though the company did not point towards the accounts involvement in meddling or influencing people, but the timings of the account shrewdly reveal why they were created. Also, the suspicious activities point out to how national interest was put at stake during elections.
The company, which said it had been investigating into the matter, also held briefings in the House of Senate earlier this week. Adding that it doesn’t know who is behind the efforts, but ascertained that there may be connections to Russia.
However, Facebook said that it found some connections between the accounts it removed and the accounts connected with Russia’s Internet Research Agency, which were removed both before and after the 2016 U.S. elections.
U.S. Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., who introduced the Honest Ads Act earlier this year to help prevent such instances of foreign interference, also praised Facebook elections.
He said that “Today’s disclosure is further evidence that the Kremlin (a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow) continues to exploit platforms like Facebook to sow division and spread disinformation, and I am glad that Facebook is taking some steps to pinpoint and address this activity,.” Adding “I also expect Facebook, along with other platform companies, will continue to identify Russian troll activity and to work with Congress on updating our laws to better protect our democracy in the future.”
The earliest of the page was created in March 2017, and had more 290,000 accounts following it. The names of the pages that were most followed are, Aztlan Warriors, Black Elevation, Mindful Being and Resisters. Facebook also stated that the pages ran about 150 ads for $11,000 on Facebook and Instagram, and the amount was paid in U.S. and Canadian dollars.
It is quite evident that the penultimate objective of these campaigns is to create disbelief or harm the national interest. Also, with the next elections approaching in a couple of years, it is important that people actually make America great again.