Facebook Suspends 5 Accounts for ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’ Related to Alabama Senate Elections

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Senator-elect Doug Jones speaks during a Dec. 13, 2017, in Birmingham, Alabama. (Credit: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

Senator-elect Doug Jones speaks during a Dec. 13, 2017, in Birmingham, Alabama. (Credit: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

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Facebook has suspended five accounts for misleading tactics during last year’s U.S. Senate race in Alabama.

A statement from Facebook says the company “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.

The Washington Post and New York Times have reported that a social media researcher acknowledged testing misleading online tactics during U.S. Sen. Doug Jones’ campaign against Republican Roy Moore last year.

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

Jones told reporters last week that his campaign didn’t know anything about the effort. He said he is “as outraged as everyone else” about the allegations.

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