Facebook pulls ‘Russia-linked Africa accounts’

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Facebook says it has removed three Russian-linked accounts from its sites that were aimed at spreading disinformation in eight African countries.

“Each of these operations created networks of accounts to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing.”

“Although the people behind these networks attempted to conceal their identities and coordination, our investigation connected these campaigns to entities associated with Russian financier Yevgeniy Prigozhin, who was previously indicted by the US Justice Department,” said Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cyber-security policy.

The accounts targeted Madagascar, the Central African Republic, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Sudan and Libya, Mr Gleicher added in a statement.

Source: BBC News UK

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