Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Facebook delete Israeli company accounts aimed at intervening African elections


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

Facebook announced that it had deleted hundreds of fake pages and accounts run by an Israeli company to intervene in African elections, including Tunisia.

According to Russian news network the Israeli company “Archimedes” spent more than 800 thousand dollars on ads on “Facebook,” and that its accounts had about 3 million followers.

The statement said that the owners of Archimedes “used false accounts, introduced themselves as local citizens and local media, published what they claimed to be leaked information about politicians“.

In this context, the Russian news network pointed out that the Israeli company  primarily targeted Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger and Tunisia, but also has some activities targeting Latin America and Southeast Asia“.

The news network CNN said, It sought to obtain comment from the Israeli company, but its efforts have not been successful so far.

“Archimedes has established important roles in many political and public campaigns, including presidential elections and other social networking projects around the world,” said Archimedes’ website, which boasts that its teams have “played important roles in many political and public campaigns, Its kind within the field of social media, and continues“.

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