Facebook has identified an ongoing effort to influence the U.S. midterm elections, using inauthentic accounts and pages on the social network.
“We’re still in the very early stages of our investigation and don’t have all the facts—including who may be behind this,” Facebook said Tuesday in a blog post. “It’s clear that whoever set up these accounts went to much greater lengths to obscure their true identities than the Russian-based Internet Research Agency has in the past.”
The company has stepped up its work to ferret out fake accounts after a Russian-backed effort sowed discord among Americans during the 2016 presidential campaign. Facebook and other social media networks have been criticized by lawmakers for failing to recognize and take steps to stop those efforts.