The head of the largest social network noted that now Facebook systems are much more developed than they were before.
Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Russia, China, and Iran are attempting to interfere in the upcoming U.S. election. According to the founder of Facebook, the social network is ready to resist attempts of foreign interference in the American elections in 2020.
“We continue to see that their tactics are evolving. These nation-states intend to actively participate in the upcoming elections. Now we see Russia, Iran, and China using increasingly sophisticated tactics to interfere in the election,” said Mr. Zuckerberg.
He stressed that Facebook had previously been able to prevent attempts to influence elections in various countries, including France, Germany, Mexico, India, and Brazil.
“The fact that we have been able to proactively identify and remove them is a signal that our systems are now much more advanced than they were before,” said Mr. Zuckerberg.
On October 21, the company announced that it had blocked four networks of Facebook and Instagram accounts that were involved in “coordinated unauthorized behavior.” Three of them were of Iranian origin, one – Russian.
The report refers to the removal of 50 fake pages on Instagram and one on Facebook that posted messages about environmental issues, conservatism, and liberalism, the 2020 U.S. presidential election, race and LGBT issues. According to Facebook, these accounts may be linked to the Internet Research Agency (the “troll factory”).
Earlier it was reported that Facebook defused the “troll factory” in Ukraine. Pages and accounts that spread misinformation have been deleted.
And in late August it became known that Twitter and Facebook blocked hundreds of pages from China.