Facebook Discloses Russian Disinformation Campaign Targeting Africa and the Middle East

Facebook has announced that it has removed networks on their platform that were believed to be part of Russian disinformation campaigns targeting Africa and the Middle East.

Facebook has announced that it has removed networks on their platform that were believed to be part of Russian disinformation campaigns targeting Africa and the Middle East.

The company revealed that three separate networks were removed for violating their policy against foreign or government interference which is coordinated inauthentic behavior (CIB) on behalf of a foreign or government entity.

There were two campaigns traced to Yevgeniy Prigozhin, who has close ties to Russia President Vladimir Putin and was also sanctioned by the US for allegedly interfering in the elections. 

Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of security policy said that Russian campaigns actively engage with the French one by befriending, commenting, and criticizing the opposing side for being fake.

“Although the people behind this campaign attempted to conceal their identities and coordination, our investigation found links to individuals associated with past activity by the Internet Research Agency (IRA) and previous operations we attributed to entities associated with Russian financier Yevgeniy Prigozhin,” said Gleicher

Gleicher added that the Russian network was an attempt to rebuild the previous one that was removed during the last October 2019 takedown.

Facebook said that they have already notified law enforcement and industry partners to continuously prevent such activities in the future. 


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