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Facebook suspends accounts linked to Russian businessman Yevgeniy Prigozhin for spreading disinformation in Africa 

Facebook removed three networks of accounts, Pages and Groups for engaging in foreign interference which is coordinated inauthentic behavior on behalf of a foreign actor on Facebook and Instagram.

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The blocked pages originated from Russia targeting African countries like Madagascar, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Sudan and Libya.

Each of the operations were created with networks of accounts to mislead the  ther targeted African countries about who they were and what they were doing.

We have shared information about our findings with law enforcement, policymakers and industry partners said Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Facebook Cybersecurity Policy in a press release.

Head of Facebook Cybersecurity Policy Nathaniel Gleicher, noted that, the people behind these networks attempted to conceal their identities and coordination.

Facebook investigation reveals that these campaigns connected to entities associated with Russian financier Yevgeniy Prigozhin. The Russian businessman who was indicted by the United States for running the troll factory that tried to influence the 2016 presidential election.

 

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