Fears have grown that a widespread campaign to influence political opinion has begun ahead of the United States' mid-term elections after social media giant Facebook revealed last Tuesday that it had removed 32 pages and fake accounts attempting to engineer discord around divisive issues.
Eight pages on Facebook, 17 Facebook profiles and seven Instagram accounts were purged. Created between March last year and May this year, the fake accounts created more than 9,500 posts and were followed by more than 290,000 other Facebook accounts.
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