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Facebook and Twitter ban Russian accounts for interfering US elections

Facebook and Twitter suspend accounts and pages close to the Russian government who are accused of interfering with the 2016 US elections.

Facebook has dismantled a small network of accounts and pages that were part of a Russian influence operation.

The company said the campaign was linked to Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA), an organisation close to the Russian government and accused of interference in the 2016 US election.

Twitter also suspended five accounts from the same network.




The operation centred around PeaceData, which claimed to be a non-profit news website in English and Arabic.

Both Facebook and Twitter said the campaign had achieved very limited success.

News of the discovery comes just two months before the US presidential election between President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden.



Russia’s Internet Research Agency:

The IRA was one of three Russian companies and 13 people indicted by the US Department of Justice as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election campaign.

The former FBI director spent two years looking into alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.

He concluded that Russia had interfered in the election with the intention of benefitting Mr Trump’s campaign, although he found no evidence of a conspiracy.