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Meddling in elections by Russia 'only tip of iceberg', MPs warn

By Sam Lister

Shocking discoveries about the extent of Russian interference in overseas elections are just the "tip of the iceberg", a committee warned.

MPs also uncovered "disturbing" evidence about the activities of companies involved in a number of foreign political campaigns since 2010, including the use of hacking, disinformation and voter suppression.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee called for the Government to review the way UK laws on digital campaigning are defined.

MPs said they heard evidence of co-ordinated campaigns by Russian agencies to influence how people voted in elections around the world.

"This includes running adverts through Facebook during elections in other countries and in breach of their laws," committee chairman Damian Collins explained.

"Facebook failed to spot this at the time, and it was only discovered after repeated requests were made for them to look for evidence of this activity."

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