Facebook agrees to widen probe of Russian meddling in the Brexit vote

Some have claimed Russia used the social network to influence the EU referendum

Some have claimed Russia used the social network to influence the EU referendum

'They are best placed to investigate activity on their platform'.

The social network will now look for "other similar clusters engaged in coordinated activity around the Brexit referendum that was not identified previously".

Facebook's new search in Britain will require the company's security experts to go back and analyze historical data. Many have urged more disclosure by Facebook, Twitter and other companies, which possess internal information about users and payments.

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"You expressed a view that there may be other similar coordinated activity from that we had not yet identified through our investigation and asked for us to continue our investigatory work", Mr. Milner wrote in a letter Wednesday to Damian Collins, a British MP who chairs a parliamentary committee on digital companies. In the US, Facebook has found over 3,000 adds that link suspected Russian agents with the spread of divisive messages, aiming to polarize the campaign. In November, a Facebook executive said she had "seen nothing" to suggest Russian involvement in Brexit on Facebook.

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

Last year, Facebook conducted an investigation at the request of the U.K.'s Electoral Commission on a cluster of accounts from Russia's Internet Research Agency (IRA), a so-called "troll farm" that was known to have disseminated fake news during the 2016 US presidential election.

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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 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 is set to widen its search for evidence of Russia's alleged interference in Britain's European Union referendum. Twitter and YouTube also face similar allegations.

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