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Facebook has dismantled a network that could be used by Russian services to spread incorrect information in the run-up to the US presidential election. The social medium writes that down website.

The network contained several hundred accounts, pages and groups. They have been removed for the use of “fake identities” and other “false behavior”. The network was linked to Russian intelligence services and people accused by the United States of interfering in the 2016 presidential election, according to Facebook.

The fake accounts pretended to be journalists and scientists in the network that has now been taken offline. In particular, they shared articles on elections in Belarus (what we used to call Belarus), politics in Russia and Ukraine, and socio-economic problems in the US. The accounts were mainly active in Syria and Ukraine. A small part of this focused on the US and the United Kingdom.

Nathaniel Gleicher, head of Facebook’s security policy, says the accounts could have been used in the same “hack-and-leak operations” that Russia used in 2016. In this type of operation, by definition of Facebook, “documents containing sensitive information are stolen, sometimes in order to manipulate them and then release them to steer public debate”.

Gleicher says in the coming weeks to “investigate threats and trends” to counter influence on the US elections. “Hack-and-leak operations, in particular, are on the radar,” he says Reuters. “We want to make sure that the accounts are disabled so that they cannot perform these types of operations.”

Russia has not responded to the report. In the past, the country has often said that it will not interfere in elections in other countries.

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