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Facebook confirms new social media campaign is trying to influence US midterm elections

Facebook is preparing to announce later today that it’s identified a new political influence campaign that has been operating on its platform with the intention of influencing the US midterm elections scheduled for November, according to a report from The New York Times. It is unclear which organization or country is behind the campaign, although The Times reports that Facebook officials who briefed lawmakers this week said Russia may potentially be involved. Facebook is expected to discuss the matter with reporters in a press briefing later today.

Facebook is said to have discovered activity designed to inflame tensions around divisive topics like the rise of white supremacy in America and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement…

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