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U.S. warns of election interference by Russia, China in midterms

Facebook parent Meta says it has disrupted 'aggressive' influence campaigns

A woman fills out her ballot at a voting booth in New Jersey during 2021. Issues like abortion, race, gun control and inflation have dominated the political debate ahead of the midterm elections.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- As Tuesday's midterm elections draw near, the U.S. government has warned of possible attempts by Russia and China to undermine voter confidence and widen rifts in American society.

When encountering potentially false information online, "don't spread that information any more broadly and basically give foreign adversaries a chance to manipulate Americans," Jen Easterly, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said on CBS in late October.

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