July 27, 2017 Last Updated 9:47 am

Reuters: Russia used fake Facebook accounts to spy on the Emmanuel Macron campaign

Joseph Menn of Reuters reports today that Russian intelligence agents used about two dozen fake Facebook accounts in an attempt to spy on the French presidential campaign of Emmanuel Macron. The source of the information was a US Congressman, Menn states.

Facebook confirmed to Reuters that it had detected spying accounts in France and deactivated them. It credited a combination of improved automated detection and stepped-up human efforts to find sophisticated attacks.

Company officials briefed congressional committee members and staff, among others, about their findings. People involved in the conversations also said the number of Facebook accounts suspended in France for promoting propaganda or spam – much of it related to the election – had climbed to 70,000, a big jump from the 30,000 account closures the company disclosed in April.

Facebook did not dispute the figure.

Read the Reuters story here.

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