Facebook to investigate Russian meddling in Brexit vote

CNET | 1/17/2018 | Katie Collins
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Did Russian-funded propaganda appear on Facebook during the Brexit campaign? We may find out.

Facebook agreed on Wednesday to investigate the spread of Russian misinformation ahead of Britain's 2016 EU referendum, commonly referred to as Brexit.

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The social network said in a letter to the UK Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee that its investigatory team is "looking to see" if it can identify coordinated activity around the vote that it didn't previously spot.

The committee is conducting an inquiry into fake news and misinformation.

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"We are committed to making all reasonable efforts to establish whether or not there was coordinated activity similar to which we found in the US," Simon Milner, Facebook's UK policy director, wrote in the letter.

Russia-funded activity aimed at misinforming people and influencing US and European elections has been a major issue across all social networks over the past year and a half. Governments and intelligence agencies have pressured Facebook, Twitter and Google to investigate meddling that has already occurred and asked them to ensure it will be prevented in future.

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In December, Facebook shared the results of a preliminary investigation with the committee. The investigation, however, was...
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