Russia Testing New Disinformation Tactics In Africa With Facebook Campaign

8 November 2019

Digital Content

A Russian Facebook campaign focused on spreading fake news and misleading users has been active in several African countries as Russia tests its disinformation capabilities.

Russian online networks were linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Russian oligarch with close ties to President Vladimir Putin who was indicted by the U.S. for allegedly interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to NBCNews.

The accounts employing disinformation tactics in Africa have been publishing a larger volume of posts than the accounts that meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

The Saint Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, which engages in online influence operations on behalf of Russian business and political interests, posted on Facebook 2,442 times a month on average ahead of the U.S. elections in 2016, according to the New York Times.

By comparison, one of the networks in Africa posted 8,900 times in October alone. Read the full article on Mogulom here