Russia used fake Facebook accounts in attempt to influence French elections

midian182

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The US wasn’t the only country that saw Russia attempt to interfere with its election; France got a taste of it, too. But it appears that intelligence officers weren’t very successful in their efforts, mostly thanks to Facebook.

According to a report from Reuters, a “US congressman and two other people briefed on the effort” said Russian agents created around two dozen Facebook accounts to spy on President Emmanuel Macron and those close to him during his election campaign.

The agents posed as “friends of friends of Macron associates” in an attempt to gather information from them. This was in conjunction with the thousands of fake Facebook accounts that were spreading false information about the French President, which was also said to be the work of Russian spies.

Back in April, Facebook revealed it had suspended about 30,000 accounts in France for spreading misinformation. The social network now says a total of 70,000 accounts were closed for promoting propaganda and spam, with the majority of them related to the election.

As for the agents who were trying to befriend Macron’s associates, Facebook says its employees noticed these efforts during the first round of the election. They were traced to tools used by the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU – the same unit allegedly behind the US election interference.

The company said improved automation detection and the good work of its staff helped identify the fake accounts, which were quickly deleted before they had the chance to do any real damage.

Facebook believes the Russians’ goal was to convince the targets to download malicious software or give away their login information, but the spies weren’t successful.

Despite email accounts belonging to his campaign officials being leaked online during the final days of the election, Macron went on to achieve a landslide victory against Le Pen. As usual, Russia denies all accusations.

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ShObiT

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** According to a report from Reuters, a “US congressman and two other people briefed on the effort” said.....**

The same old line, "someone in the US (close to the gov) said the Russians... and get all the headlines.
 
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davislane1

** According to a report from Reuters, a “US congressman and two other people briefed on the effort” said.....**

The same old line, "someone in the US (close to the gov) said the Russians... and get all the headlines.
And your problem with this is ...?
1. The U.S. does it and no one in the media bats an eyelash.
2. Nothingbergers have no flavor.
 

Uncle Al

Posts: 7,485   +5,992
It has been Rusian doctrine since the cold war to use any and all means necessary to gain an upperhand on their advisories. Surprising to most, the US has the same policy, although not widely known. This is the same as the "shocking news" that the US has invasion plans for Canada, in fact it has invasion plans for every country on the face of the earth, not because we plan to but because it might become necessary some day and it's better to be well prepared in advance.

What is most surprising to me is the Russian incursion into the North pole and their adverse aggression on the high seas against US military ships and planes. It's clear that Putin wants a confrontation, purely for political reasons. The Russian population loves his bare chested, gun shooting, horse riding antics because they love his tough image. There are very few left that remember the horrors of Stalingrad. If they did they might be a lot less tolerant and demand change for the better .... whatever that might be!
 

wiyosaya

Posts: 5,410   +3,486
** According to a report from Reuters, a “US congressman and two other people briefed on the effort” said.....**

The same old line, "someone in the US (close to the gov) said the Russians... and get all the headlines.
And your problem with this is ...?
1. The U.S. does it and no one in the media bats an eyelash.
2. Nothingbergers have no flavor.
1. Ah yes! So there was no world outcry when the US was caught tapping the phones that belonged to the leaders of other countries.

1a. Excuse me, I forgot. The news media, except for whatever news media you follow, creates fake news. So, I suppose that the news media you follow never covered the US tapping the phones of the leaders of other countries since it was fake news.

2. The easier explanation, IMO, is humanity's ingrained battle between the haves and the have nots.
 

Used Rugs

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They did it here in the USA. They had fake Facebook accounts that looked like conservatives during the Republican primaries that supported Trump. That's how Trump won the Republican primary was through fake conservative Facebook account.
 

GeforcerFX

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Wow if Russia keeps doing this it might be interesting to see what the Western world does with the Russian "elections". They might just have to turn off the internet for like 3 months leading up to it, but they don't seem to have a problem doing that.
 

Scorpionking20

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Used Rugs

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I am incredulous as to why our president admires Vladimir Putin a leader who kills journalists, poisons political rivals, and plundered his country's wealth to enrich himself.