This file photo taken on November 20, 2017 shows logos of US online social media and social networking service Facebook.
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The Russian influence operation designed to tamper with the 2016 U.S. presidential election used a combination of old-school espionage tactics and 21st-century technologies that will not be easy to stop, even now that the methods have been exposed, experts said.Social media companies, especially Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc., have been under heavy pressure to find ways of stopping what is often referred to as "information warfare" on their services.The indictment of 13 Russian nationals on Friday, announced by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, made extensive use of records from Facebook and Instagram, according to people familiar with the matter.Facebook has said it will start requiring thorough documentation from election-related advertisers to verify their identity and location, beginning with U.S. elections this year.
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