This week, Facebook discovered that Russia (and now Iran) is back to its old tricks, working on a campaign whose mission is to disrupt the 2020 U.S. election. Facebook reported that 50 Instagram accounts and one Facebook account with almost 250,000 followers published 75,000 posts, all in an effort to perpetuate fake news stories with the hopes of influencing potential voters.
Facebook disabled the accounts and has been flagging news from questionable sources since last year. But since many hold Facebook accountable for disseminating fake news, there has been a push for the tech giant to do more. See the latest post on our Tech Tips webpage for more about Facebook’s attempts to counter fake news.