Facebook widens investigation into Russia's involvement in the Brexit campaign


"This work requires detailed analysis of historic data by our security experts, who are also engaged in preventing live threats to our service".

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.

A study by the Oxford Internet Institute concluded there was scarce evidence that the Kremlin had exploited the social media platforms to influence the British vote.

Facebook is reconsidering whether Russian operatives exploited its platform to influence Britain's so-called "Brexit" referendum on leaving the, Simon Milner, the social network's United Kingdom policy director, told a member of Parliament.

Facebook has promised to further investigate whether Russian Federation interfered in the Brexit referendum, Damian Collins, chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee in the House of Commons, said Wednesday.

The work will take a "number of weeks", Milner said, adding a request for intelligence assessments or reports which could help the investigation.

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A Facebook executive confirmed the existence of a formal investigation on Wednesday in a letter to Damian Collins, a member of the British parliament.

Facebook said on Wednesday that it will broaden its investigation into whether Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 referendum on Great Britain's membership in the European Union, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Facebook has said it will conduct a wider investigation into whether there was Russian meddling on its platform relating to the 2016 Brexit referendum vote in the UK.

"I look forward to seeing the results of this investigation, and I'm sure we will want to question Facebook about this when we know the outcome", said Mr Collins. Facebook told USA lawmakers past year that it had found 3,000 ads bought by suspected Russian agents posing as Americans and seeking to spread divisive messages in the United States about race, immigration and other political topics.

In the May 2017 French Presidential elections, Facebook suspended 30,000 accounts linked to fake news, disinformation, and spam prior to the elections.