Facebook shuts down Israel-based disinformation campaigns as election manipulation increasingly goes global

Facebook today said it detected dozens of Facebook accounts that were engaging in what it calls “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” which is the company’s broad phrase for election interference and other forms of public manipulation via news and social media, directed primarily at West African countries. More notable, however, is the source: Israel. This is the first time Facebook says it’s detected such activity from the country, and Facebook even names an Israeli commercial entity, Archimedes Group, that it says was behind the behavior. The goal ostensibly was to have some type of effect on local elections and the political atmosphere, although Facebook says it can’t divine the exact intentions of the group and there is no indication... Continue reading…

Facebook bans "inauthentic" accounts targeting Africa

Facebook blocked an Israeli firm it said was behind fake accounts mostly targeting elections in Africa.

Thu 16 May 19 from BBC Technology

Facebook bans fake Israel-based accounts who spent $812,000 on ads - CNET

They were removed for "coordinated inauthentic behavior."

Thu 16 May 19 from CNET Cutting Edge

Facebook says removes 265 'fake accounts' linked to Israel

Facebook said on Thursday it had removed 265 Facebook and Instagram accounts, pages, groups and events linked to Israel due to what it called "inauthentic behavior" targeting users in Southeast ...

Thu 16 May 19 from Reuters Technology

Facebook says removes 265 'fake accounts' linked to Israeli firm, Thu 16 May 19 from Reuters Technology

Facebook says Israeli company used fake accounts to target African elections

Facebook has removed hundreds of fake Facebook and Instagram pages, groups, and accounts that it says were run by an Israeli firm that was targeting countries in Africa.

Thu 16 May 19 from CNN

Facebook Busts Israeli-Led Campaign to Disrupt Elections

Facebook says it has identified a private Israel-based influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts that engaged in spreading disinformation. Nathaniel ...

Thu 16 May 19 from Voice of America

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