Facebook expands probe into whether Russian Federation interfered in European Union referendum


In the letter addressed to Damian Collins, chair of the British parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Milner wrote on Wednesday that security experts will begin their investigation "promptly" and that the work may take several weeks.

Facebook will expand its investigation into whether Russian agents attempted to influence the Brexit vote. The request was part of an inquiry the committee is conducting on fake news. At the time of writing the company had not responded to our questions either.

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 U.S.". British policymakers have pressed the companies to investigate further to see if Russian Federation had used other methods on social media to influence the important European Union vote.

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

This is rather important information because it explains why he continues to pursue the Russia story even though his own government concluded earlier that it has found no evidence of successful Russian interference in the Brexit referendum.

"In limiting their investigation to just the Internet Research Agency, Facebook missed that it is only one troll farm which 'has existed within a larger disinformation ecosystem in St. Petersburg, ' including Glavset, an alleged successor of the Internet Research Agency, and the Federal News Agency, a reported propaganda 'media farm, ' according to Russian investigative journalists", the Senate report said.

In response to a request from a committee of United Kingdom lawmakers, Facebook said it was looking to see whether there were coordinated attempts at interference that it hadn't previously identified.

Mr. Collins said he believes there is a growing body of evidence that Russian Federation interfered in the referendum. Twitter and YouTube also face similar allegations.