What Happened: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Russia, among other countries, is attempting to use the company's social platforms to interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, The Guardian reported Oct. 21.
Why It Matters: Facebook's statement could foreshadow greater sanctions pressure against Russia in the coming months, as interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was a primary motivation for increased U.S. sanctions against Moscow.
Background: Facebook, along with other social media sites, removed millions of posts and accounts linked to operations led by Russia, Iran and other countries in the leadup to the 2018 U.S. midterm elections.
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