Facebook takes down network linked to rival French, Russian 'disinformation campaigns' in Africa

Social media accounts linked to the French military and Russia have attempted to interfere and influence African politics, Facebook announced on Tuesday. The internet giant described a network including 84 accounts, 6 pages, 6 groups and 14 Instagram originating in France shut down for what Facebook called a “coordinated inauthentic behaviour in Francophone Africa”. In what appeared to be the first instance of a disinformation campaign linked to the French state, Facebook said the activity targeted the Central African Republic (CAR) and Mali, and to a lesser extent Niger, Burkina Faso, Algeria…

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