Facebook expands its investigation into possible Russian intervention in Brexit referendum

Facebook is investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 Brexit referendum | Justin Tallis  AFP via Getty Images

"You expressed a view that there may be other similar coordinated activity from Russian Federation that we had not yet identified through our investigation and asked for us to continue our investigatory work".

It's not clear whether Twitter will also bow to pressure to conduct a more thorough investigation of Brexit-related disinformation.

In a letter to the head of a parliamentary committee on digital affairs, United Kingdom policy director Simon Milner says Facebook will conduct "detailed analysis of historic data" over a period of several weeks.

Facebook has heeded calls from British MPs to deepen its investigation into whether Russian agents used the social media platform to spread fake news in order to influence the Brexit vote. If the company finds evidence of other troll farms, it may prompt US lawmakers to reopen their investigations.

In the words of the chairman of the British Parliamentary Commission on Media and Culture Damian Collins, the social networks need to be more active in investigating the misuse of their services rather than waiting for action by regulators.

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Facebook concluded that a Russian-backed agency had spent just 75p ($1) on Facebook ads during the Brexit campaign.

"I welcome the fact that Facebook have now responded to the committee's request, and will investigate whether the involvement of Russian agencies in the Brexit referendum campaign, may have come from sources other than those previously identified as having been actively connected with the U.S. Presidential election in 2016", Mr. Collins reacted to Facebook's letter Wednesday, us.

US technology giants are facing increased pressure from lawmakers in the USA and Europe over the exploitation of their platforms, including the spread of fake news and the use of inauthentic accounts, during elections and other major public events.

Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it would conduct a new, comprehensive search of its records for possible propaganda that Russian operatives may have spread during the run-up to Britain's 2016 referendum on European Union membership.

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