The majority were in French and Russian, while the 85 of Instagram, in English, that participated in an “unprecedented coordinated behavior” Facebook closed 30 of its accounts and another 85 of Instagram this Monday, on the eve of the mid-term elections in the United States, after the US authorities warned of their links with “foreign entities.”
«On Sunday night, the US security forces They contacted us about an online activity that they had recently detected and that they believed could be linked to foreign entities, ” Facebook said in a statement. The company based in Menlo Park (California) then identified 30 Facebook and 85 Instagram accounts that participated in an apparent “unprecedented coordinated behavior”.
“We immediately block those accounts and now we are investigating them in more detail,” the company added. According to Facebook, most of the 30 accounts in that social network were in French and Russian, while the 85 accounts on Instagram. Some were focused on celebrities and others on the “political debate”.
“Normally, we would go further in our investigation before announcing anything publicly. But, given that we are only one day away from important elections in the US, we wanted to publicize our action and the facts we know, “he concluded.