There were reports that Business Insider ran two fake Facebook ads which were later on removed according to the Daily Caller editorial director Vince Coglianese and Madison Gesiotto from National Diversity Coalition for Trump.
In a report gotten earlier this week, it’s announced that the world largest social media company, Facebook suspected the inference of Russians once again to influence the result of the US mid-term election.
The company posted on it’s blog that it was contacted by law enforcement on Saturday’s night regarding online activity that was suspected to be linked to the Russian manipulators.
The company, which removed the accounts, believes the activity could be linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency.
“Our very early-stage investigation has so far identified around 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts that may be engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior. We immediately blocked these accounts and are now investigating them in more detail,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cyber security policy, said in a statement.
The statement also made it known that majority of the accounts that were disabled were either Russian or French while the Instagram accounts were in English. Although there isn’t an official claim if the activity was directly linked to the Internet Research Agency – which carried out a campaign to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The announcement came right after Facebook claimed to have removed more than 82 Pages in October over some suspicious acts ahead of the US midterm elections. The trustworthiness of news on the social media platform had been questioned many times right after the 2016 U.S Presidential election when Facebook confirmed Russian-linked accounts that attempted to influence the U.S Voters. Executives from both Facebook and Twitter appeared on Capitol Hill earlier this year to address the issue with lawmakers.