Facebook suspends fake Russian accounts, warns of US election hack-and-leak threat


London: Facebook on Thursday, local time, said it had dismantled three networks of fake accounts which could be used by Russia’s intelligence services to leak hacked documents as part of efforts to disrupt the upcoming US election.

The company said the accounts, which it suspended for using fake identities and other types of “coordinated inauthentic behaviour”, were linked to Russian intelligence and people associated with a St Petersburg-based organisation accused by US officials of working to sway the 2016 presidential vote.

Facebook has taken down another network of Russian-linked material.

Facebook has taken down another network of Russian-linked material.Credit:AP

Russia has repeatedly denied allegations of election meddling and says it does not interfere in the domestic politics of other countries.

Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, said there was no immediate evidence that hacked documents were about to be leaked, but by suspending the accounts Facebook hoped to prevent them being used in any subsequent operation.