Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it blocked more accounts, in addition to the about 115 accounts it blocked over the weekend, in the run-up to the U.S. midterm elections that saw Democrats capture US House majority.
The company said a website claiming to be associated with Russia-based Internet Research agency published a list of Instagram accounts they claimed to have created.
“We had already blocked most of these accounts yesterday, and have now blocked the rest,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy said in a statement, without disclosing the number of additional accounts blocked.
The social network had blocked accounts on the eve of the U.S. midterm elections after authorities tipped it off to suspicious behaviour that may be linked to a foreign entity, the company said in a blog post on Monday.
Eighty-five of the removed accounts were posting in English on Facebook’s Instagram service, while 30 others were on Facebook and associated with pages in French and Russian, the post said.
The company said it needed to do further analysis to decide if the accounts are linked to Russia’s Internet Research Agency or any other group.