Facebook Says It Found New Covert Campaign to Spread Divisive Political Messages ahead of Midterm Elections

(From NBC News)

Facebook said Tuesday that it had uncovered a new covert campaign to spread divisive political messages on its social network, its first acknowledgment of potential political meddling before this year’s midterm elections.

The company removed 32 pages and accounts from its platform and from Instagram “because they were involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior,” the company said in a statement. The pages and accounts were connected to protests planned in Washington next week, Facebook said.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, said that the company could not identify the source of the campaign and that it was still looking into it.

“This is an early stage for us to be sharing this information because we don’t have perfect information,” Sandberg said on a call with reporters.

Facebook said the campaign was similar to Russia’s efforts around the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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