Facebook Suspends 5 Accounts Over Senate Race Tactics

Dec 26, 2018

U.S. Senator Doug Jones

The social media giant Facebook has suspended five accounts for using misleading tactics during last year's U.S. Senate race in Alabama.

A statement from the company says they "recently removed five accounts run by multiple individuals for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook around the Alabama special election." Facebook says the investigation is ongoing.

Both the Washington Post and the New York Times have reported that a social media researcher admitted to testing misleading online tactics during U.S. Senator Doug Jones's campaign against Republican Roy Moore last year.

The effort was based on alleged Russian attempts to bolster the candidacy of President Donald Trump in 2016.

Sen. Jones told reporters last week that his campaign didn't know anything about the effort. He says he is "as outraged as everyone else" about the allegations.