Facebook removes accounts amid fears of Russian meddling in US midterms

Company reports ‘coordinated inauthentic behaviour’ as it deletes 32 political pages and accounts

Facebook has detected “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” ahead of the United States midterm elections that could be linked to the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian-based group with ties to the Kremlin.

On Tuesday, the social network removed 32 pages and accounts from Facebook and Instagram that were pushing American political stances and organising events, including a protest against a Unite the Right rally due to take place in Washington next week.

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