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Facebook discovered “sophisticated” efforts, possbily linked to Russia, in order to influence the American politics in advance of the AMERICAN mid-term elections.

The company said in a blog that the deleted 32 accounts of Facebook and Instagram, because they were involved in a “coordinated” political behavior and turned out to be fake.

Facebook does not explicitly say that the effort was focused on the influence of the mid-term elections in November, but the timing of the defendant would be in accordance with such an attempt.

The company, which said it is in the early stages of the investigation, held briefings in the House and the Senate this week.

The company said that it is not to know who is behind the efforts, but said there may be connections to Russia. Facebook said that it has found a number of connections between the accounts will be deleted and the accounts connected with Russia’s Internet research agency that removed before and after 2016, the US presidential election.

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US Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., who introduced the Honest Advertising Law earlier this year to prevent foreign intervention in the AMERICAN elections, praised Facebook elections.

Two of the pages that the tech-giant recently turned off are shown above.

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“Today is the day the announcement is further evidence that the Kremlin continues to exploit platforms such as Facebook, to sow discord and spread disinformation, and I am glad that Facebook is taking a number of steps to locate and address of this business,” Warner said in a statement to Fox News.

“I also expect that Facebook, along with other platform companies, continue to identify Russian troll activity and to work with Congress on updating our laws to better protect our democracy in the future,” he continued.

“It is clear that everyone of these accounts went to much greater lengths to conceal their true identity than the Russian-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) has in the past,” the company said in the statement. “We believe that this may be partly due to changes we have made in the past year to this kind of abuse much harder.”

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The earliest page was created in March 2017. Facebook says more than 290,000 accounts followed at least one of the fake pages. The most followed Facebook Pages have names such as “Aztlan Warriors”, “Black Height,” “Remember the Orphans,” and “Offer.”

Facebook says that the pages ran about 150 ads for $11,000 on Facebook and Instagram, paid in US and Canadian dollars. The first ad was created in April 2017; the latter was founded in June 2018.

The perpetrators used virtual private networks, and internet phone services, and paid third parties to display ads on their account, according to Facebook.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for FoxNews.com. He can be reached at christopher.carbone@foxnews.com. Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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