Fb Agrees to Widen Probe of Brexit Vote Pretend Information

19 January, 2018, 02:03 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Some have claimed Russia used the social network to influence the EU referendum

Facebook has said it will conduct a wider investigation into whether there was Russian meddling on its platform relating to the 2016 Brexit referendum vote in the UK.

The social network will now look for "other similar clusters engaged in coordinated activity around the Brexit referendum that was not identified previously".

This is rather important information because it explains why he continues to pursue the Russia story even though his own government concluded earlier that it has found no evidence of successful Russian interference in the Brexit referendum.

The social network said in a letter to the UK Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee that its investigatory team is "looking to see" if it can identify coordinated activity around the vote that it didn't previously spot.

Russian Federation denies meddling in Britain's vote to exit the European Union, known as Brexit, or in the 2016 USA elections.

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The work will take a "number of weeks", Milner said, adding a request for intelligence assessments or reports which could help the investigation. Its analysis, though, involved only accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency, a suspected Russian propaganda service.

In December, Facebook said the Kremlin had paid under a single US Dollar for its advertising platform to support the UK's choice to leave the EU. Collins last month described Facebook's initial Brexit-related search as inadequate, and said on Wednesday he welcomed the company's latest response. In France previous year, Facebook suspended 30,000 accounts in the days before the country's presidential election to try to stop the spread of fake news, misinformation and spam.

The social media company originally claimed it had only spent $1 on advertising towards voters in the United Kingdom, but Collins said the investigation did not go far enough as it didn't look at other sources.

An independent investigation by the Guardian newspaper revealed that more than 400 bogus Twitter accounts run by the Russian agency have tried to meddle in British politics.


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