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Facebook busts Israeli company that manipulates African politics and elections

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Facebook has announced the removal of 265 Facebook and Instagram accounts, Facebook Pages, Groups and events linked to an Israeli company, Archimedes Group, which has targeted African elections and politicians using fake news.

In a statement released on Thursday, Facebook said the activity originated in Israel and focused on Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger and Tunisia. The company was found to have spent around $812,000 on ads on Facebook paid for in Brazilian reals, Israeli shekel, and US dollars between December 2012 and April 2019.

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