Facebook has extended its investigation to determine whether Russia influenced the outcome of the Brexit referendum, via the social network. The community site is categorical: no evidence of this type has been found.
If Russia has tried to influence the result of the referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union, it is not by Facebook that its campaign of influence has been exercised. These are, in short, the conclusions reached by the social network. The community site investigated but found no evidence that its platform allowed Moscow to promote Brexit.
These conclusions, Facebook has passed on to Damian Collins, a British MP who chairs the Commission dedicated to culture, media and sport and who investigates misinformation. Already in January, after a first phase of investigation, Simon Milner, a manager of the American company, had explained that no such evidence had been detected.
The only trace of Russian activity concerning the Brexit seems to be a simple mistake: in December, Facebook said to have found a spend of 97 cents (or less than 80 euro cents) by companies related to Russian interests, in advertising during the referendum campaign. This is the only sum, derisory, that involved advertising targeting the English public.
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Facebook's in-depth investigation, carried out at the request of the elected official who was not satisfied with the initial conclusions of the US site, did not therefore demonstrate any Russian interference in Brexit. In any case, as far as the social network is concerned. Damian Collins noted the result of these additional investigations, says the Guardian, but the case is not closed yet.
The elected hopes that Facebook will make the transparency on "the exact number of accounts that have been suspended, the way the social network funds its fight against robots, its methodology to identify false accounts and how the site determines the country of origin of these accounts, "he said. Answers that are expected by March 14th.