Facebook to continue search for signs of Russian interference in Brexit

Facebook to continue search for signs of Russian interference in Brexit

Facebook has informed the Government of its investigation

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Facebook is set to widen its search for evidence of Russia's alleged interference in Britain's EU referendum.

Yesterday (January 17) the social media giant informed the Government of its further research, according to CNN.

It wrote a letter to Damian Collins, chair of the digital, culture, media and sport committee, stating it would make "all reasonable efforts to establish whether or not there was coordinated activity similar to that which has been found in the US."

Facebook has also requested that the Government provide any information it may have to help the cause.

The social media giant had already searched for signs of interference from the Internet Research Agency, which is linked to the Kremlin and located in St Petersburg.

This same agency is said to have tried to influence American voters during the Presidential election via Facebook and Instagram.

The social media company originally claimed it had only spent $1 on advertising towards voters in the UK, but Collins said the investigation did not go far enough as it didn’t look at other sources.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have already claimed more than 400 Twitter accounts, thought to be controlled from Russia, were creating posts about Brexit.