No evidence Russia meddled in Brexit via Facebook, company's VP Nick Clegg says

No evidence Russia meddled in Brexit via Facebook, company's VP Nick Clegg says
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While the British government has consistently accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 national referendum on the UK's withdrawal from the EU by using fake accounts on social media, Facebook, which has conducted multiple investigations into the matter, has repeatedly stressed that it found no substantial evidence to back up the claims, APA reports citing Sputnik.

There is "absolutely no evidence" that Russia swayed the 2016 Brexit vote using Facebook, Nick Clegg, the company's vice president for Global Affairs and Communications, told the BBC on Monday.

Clegg, who served as the UK's deputy prime minister from 2010 to 2015, explained that the company had conducted analyses of its data and found no "significant attempt" to influence the outcome of the national referendum.

He, likewise, dismissed the claim that Cambridge Analytica, a leading data mining firm, influenced Britons' decision to vote Leave.

"Much though I understand why people want to sort of reduce that eruption in British politics to some kind of plot or conspiracy - or some use of new social media through opaque means - I'm afraid the roots to British Euroscepticism go very, very deep", he elaborated.

In fact, he contended that opinions had been influenced more by "traditional media" over the past 40 years rather than by new social media.

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