Facebook finds disinformation campaign ahead of midterm elections

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Facebook says it has uncovered a coordinated disinformation operation ahead of midterm elections involving false pages and profiles.

The social media company said that it couldn't tie the activity to Russia, which interfered on its platform around the 2016 presidential election. But Facebook said the three dozen profiles shared a pattern of behavior with the previous Russian disinformation campaign.

A congressional aide said there's no evidence that political candidates were targeted in the new disinformation effort, but that pages and accounts sought to spread politically divisive content around social issues. Facebook briefed House and Senate lawmakers this week.


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