Israeli company using fake accounts to target African elections

Israeli company using fake accounts to target African elections

Facebook has disclosed that an Israeli firm used fake accounts and pages to target the elections of African countries.

According to Facebook, the Israeli company Archimedes Group spent close to a million dollars to run the fake accounts.

The firm is reported to have spent more than $800,000 running Facebook ads and their accounts had almost 3 million followers.

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The was revealed in a blogpost made by Facebook on Thursday.

The company targeted Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger and Tunisia but also had some activity targeting Latin America and Southeast Asia.

Facebook said the firm also "represented themselves as locals, including local news organizations, and published allegedly leaked information about politicians.”

One of the websites that belong to the Archimedes Group claims it "took significant roles in many political and public campaigns, among them Presidential elections and other social media projects all over the world."

"Archimedes has created and operates in its own unique field within the social media realm," it added.

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Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said the fake pages were used to post news on elections and to criticize political opponents.

"The Page administrators and account owners frequently posted about political news, including topics like elections in various countries, candidate views and criticism of political opponents,” he posted.

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Source: Yen

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