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Facebook Has Deleted Pages That Spread False Information To Africans




Facebook says it has blocked two Russian websites and one linked to the French military over what it calls spreading propaganda to African countries.

He said the site of the Russian residents was linked to the Russian Internet Research Commission.

All pages have been deleted for violating Facebook rules, the company said.

Senior company officials say countries facing challenges on such sites include the Central African Republic in the run-up to the general election.

There are also Algeria, Cameroon, Sudan, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire and Chad.

“Facebook’s takedown marks a rare exposure of rival operations from two different countries going head to head for influence over a third country,” concluded a report from Graphika, a network analysis group. “It underscores how geopolitical sparring on the ground in Africa is playing out in parallel across social media — not just Facebook, but also Twitter, YouTube, and long-form news articles written by the operations.”

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