Social media giant Facebook, doesn’t stay silent over Russia manipulating the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections this time. The social network has already taken precautions against possible threads about the U.S. elections this year. According to this precautions, the firm has blocked more than 100 suspicious Facebook and Instagram accounts within the last few days.
While the firm removed the suspicious accounts, Facebook’s head of cyber security policy Nathaniel Gleicher made a statement to TechCrunch. Gleicher said that they have blocked over 100 Facebook and Instagram accounts due to concerns that they were linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) and engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has also published a statement. According to the statement, The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are continuing efforts to protect the elections.
The United States will not tolerate foreign interference in our elections from Russia, China, Iran, or other nations. As noted in a joint statement on October 19, 2018, such actions are a threat to our democracy, and identifying and preventing this interference is one of our highest priorities.
The U.S. government, which takes this matter very serious, has been working for 2 years on precautions to prevent external manipulations. On September 12, President Trump signed an executive order that makes clear the U.S. government will not hesitate to defend our electoral processes or punish those who attempt to undermine them. Thus, strict precautions have been taken against the unfortunate events in 2016.
In October 2017, Facebook revealed that a group linked to the Russian government published ads worth 100-thousand-dollar on the platform and spread divisive messages.