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Facebook bans Israeli firm for pushing disinformation campaign in Africa

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Facebook bans Israeli firm for disinformation on Africa

Facebook banned an Israeli firm from its platform after it was found to have mounted an effort to use a network of fake accounts to influence politics across West Africa, the social media company announced on Thursday.

Facebook said in a blog post that it believes the Archimedes Group was behind many of the 265 pages and accounts it shut down on Thursday.

“It has repeatedly violated our misrepresentation and other policies, including by engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, wrote of the Archimedes Group. “This organization and all its subsidiaries are now banned from Facebook, and it has been issued a cease and desist letter.”

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