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Moldovan election prompts Facebook to remove accounts

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Facebook says it has removed more than 200 “inauthentic” accounts targeting people in Moldova, some of which were linked to government employees.
Moldovans go to the polls on 24 February under a new electoral system.
One of Europe’s poorest countries, it is politically split between pro-Western and pro-Russian factions.
Facebook said the accounts posted about divisive political issues, shared manipulated photos, and impersonated a local fact checking-organisation.
It said 168 accounts, 28 pages and eight Instagram users had been removed. But unlike allegations of election interference in the United States, the activity came from within Moldova, it said.
“Although the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their identities, our manual review found that some of this activity was linked to employees of the Moldovan government,” the social network said in a statement.

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