Fake Russian news agency targeted left-wing voters in US, UK: Facebook

Fake Russian news agency targeted left-wing voters in US, UK: Facebook

Facebook said it has removed pages and accounts linked to a Russian operation that centered around setting up a fake media agency called Peace Data, which targeted left-wing voters predominantly in the UK and the US.

The website operated 13 Facebook accounts and two pages, which were set up in May and suspended on Monday for using fake identities and other forms of “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” the company said.

Facebook said its investigation “found links to individuals associated with past activity by the Russian Internet Research Agency”, a St Petersburg-based company that U.S. intelligence officials say was central to Russian efforts to sway the 2016 presidential election.

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