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Facebook says it has detected a coordinated effort to use its social network to influence American politics ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
On Tuesday, the social network announced it had banned 32 pages and accounts that were engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” and organized dozens of real-world events – and it said there were similarities to previous Russian disinformation campaigns.
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