Facebook closes fake accounts interfering in Africa

Facebook closes fake accounts interfering in Africa

Facebook announced Tuesday that it removed three computer networks managed from France and Russia and accused of carrying out interference operations in Africa.

These networks, two conduits from Russia and one from France, targeted countries in northern Africa and the Middle East. Within each of them, the participants used false profiles, which first led the platform to act.

Regarding the network based in France, it mainly targeted the Central African Republic and Mali, and to a lesser extent Niger, Burkina Faso, Algeria, Côte d’Ivoire and Chad, specifies Facebook, which adds to have found “links with individuals associated with the French army ”.

Giving voice to false inhabitants of these countries, these accounts commented, for example, on French policy on the spot, or expressed support for the French army.

Facebook specifies having, in the French case, deleted 84 accounts, six pages, nine groups as well as 16 Instagram accounts.

“Although the people behind this tried to hide their identity and coordinated character, our investigation found links to individuals associated with the French military,” Facebook said in its statement.

Asked by AFP, the French staff did not immediately react.

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