Facebook accused of inaction over Russian ads in Brexit vote

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A senior British MP on Wednesday accused Facebook of failing to seriously investigate possible Russian influence in the Brexit vote, after it found just three adverts linked to a known propaganda group.

Damian Collins, chairman of parliament’s culture and media committee, repeated his request for information as part of an investigation into the impact of “fake news” in last year’s referendum vote to leave the European Union.

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The committee and Britain’s elections watchdog, the Electoral Commission, have both asked Facebook and Twitter for details of Russian-backed adverts on their platforms during the referendum campaign.

It comes after evidence of activity by one Russian resource for spreading propaganda, the Internet Research Agency, during last year’s US presidential election.

In a letter to the Electoral Commission, Facebook said the agency had paid for…



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