“It looked like there was a systematic focus on attacking Biden from both sides,” Ben Nimmo, Graphika’s director of investigations, told CNN.

The other three foreign influence operations disclosed by Facebook on Monday originated from Iran. One targeted audiences in the US and in francophone North Africa with content related to Israel, Palestine and Yemen.

A second focused on Latin American countries with repurposed Iranian state media articles appearing to come from local news outlets. A third small network of accounts from Iran targeted the US with content from a page called BLMNews that appears to have been masquerading as a news outlet connected to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Facebook builds ‘war room’ to combat election meddling on social media
Also on Monday, Facebook announced several initiatives designed to prevent foreign election interference in the 2020 presidential contest.
“Elections have changed significantly since 2016, and Facebook has changed too,” Mark Zuckerberg said on a conference call with reporters.
The chief executive said that the company has learned after being caught on its “back foot” in 2016 and was now proactively preparing for elections.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a conference call with reporters to discuss how the company is preparing for US election. Photo: AP
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a conference call with reporters to discuss how the company is preparing for US election. Photo: AP
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The company is launching a program to help secure the accounts of elected officials and tightening its rules for disclosing who controls a page. It will also begin labelling content from state-controlled media outlets and more prominently label posts that have been rated false by its third-party factchecking program.
Facebook will also ban political ads designed to suppress voter turnout, including ads that suggest voting is “useless” or that recommend people not vote. This policy will apply to all accounts, including those of politicians.
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Facebook has faced significant criticism in recent weeks over its decision to exempt politicians from its policy banning misinformation from paid advertisements.
On the conference call, Zuckerberg again defended his decision on that point, saying: “I just think that in a democracy people should be able to see for themselves what politicians are saying.”
Facebook did not immediately respond to a questions about whether it intends to allow politicians to lie in paid advertisements in the non-democratic countries in which it operates.
Additional reporting by The Washington Post