Facebook Uncovers Fake Accounts Ahead of Midterm Elections
Facebook says the company has removed 32 pages and accounts from its social media sites ahead of midterm elections in the United States.
In a statement July 31, Facebook said those removed had violated company policy barring "inauthentic coordinated behavior." The policy is in place because, the statement continued, "we don't want people or organizations creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they are, or what they're doing."
Facebook said it does not know who controlled the accounts but that they appeared to be fake. The company also did not directly suggest the pages were aimed at influencing the U.S. midterm elections in November. But it did compare the accounts to those set up by Russian-based Internet Research Agency, or IRA. It is facing criminal charges of illegal interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
The social media company said it is still early in its investigation of possible fake accounts. It also said it has shared the information with U.S. law enforcement agencies, Congress, and other technology companies.
The first of the pages was created in March 2017. The other removed material included eight Facebook pages, 17 Facebook profiles, and seven accounts of the photo-sharing site Instagram.
Facebook said one of the pages had 290,000 followers. The most followed pages used names like "Aztlan Warriors," ″Black Elevation," ″Mindful Being," and "Resisters."
The accounts also spent about $11,000 for 150 ads on Facebook and Instagram. The money was paid in U.S. and Canadian dollars from April 2017 to June 2018. The account also created about 30 events since May 2017.
Facebook said since the company has increased efforts to prevent abuse, the creators of fake accounts have begun to employ trickier, more secretive efforts. For example, "they used VPNs and internet phone services, and paid third parties to run ads," the statement said. VPNs are virtual private networks.
However, the company added that it had found some connections between these fake accounts and the removed IRA accounts. One of the IRA accounts shared a Facebook event hosted by the "Resister" page. And the two also briefly had the same administrator.
I'm Caty Weaver.
1.set up 成立；建立
I set up a ginger group on the environment.
2.social media 社交媒体
We have all witnessed the power of social media.
3.criminal charges 刑事指控
Her husband faces various criminal charges.
4.aimed at 旨在；致力于
The government rushed through legislation aimed at Mafia leaders.
5.The policy is in place because, the statement continued, "we don't want people or organizations creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they are, or what they're doing."
be in place 落实到位
We already have our core team in place.
They're offended by the elaborate security measures the police have put in place.
6.It is facing criminal charges of illegal interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
presidential elections 总统选举
In past presidential elections, Missouri has been a barometer of the rest of the country.
Presidential elections are due to be held in ten days 'time.
脸书声称，不知道操纵这些账户的“黑手”，不过这些似乎都是虚假账户。该公司也没有直接暗示这些页面的目的是影响11月份举行的美国中期选举 。但是，该公司确实将这些账户与俄罗斯互联网研究机构创建的账户进行了对比 。该机构正面临非法干涉2016年美国总统选举的刑事指控 。
脸书方面表示，其中一个主页拥有29万名粉丝。其中最受追捧的主页使用的用户名为Aztlan Warriors、Black Elevation、Mindful Being和Resisters等 。
这些账号还在脸书网站以及Instagram上投放了150条广告，花费近1.1万美元。这笔钱在2017年4月至2018年6月间以美元和加元支付 。自2017年5月以来，这些账号还创建了约30个活动 。
脸书公司表示，由于加大了防止网络滥用的力度，虚假账户的创建者开始采取更狡猾、隐蔽的手段。例如，在该声明中提到，”他们利用VPN和互联网电话服务，通过第三方投放广告 。“VPN”是指虚拟专用网络 。
然而，该公司补充说，已经发现了这些虚假账户与被删除的俄罗斯互联网研究机构的账户存在某些联系。该机构的其中一个账号分享了用户Resiter在其脸书主页发起的一项活动 。而且这两个账号曾经由同一位管理员管理 。