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Facebook pulls Russian accounts over political meddling in Africa

Facebook has once again caught Russians trying to interfere in the politics of other countries, this time in Africa. The social media giant has created a total of 66 Facebook accounts, 83 pages, 11 groups, and 12 “coordinated phony behavior” Instagram accounts using a mix of real, fake and abducted accounts for political news and discussions in eight Countries, including Libya, Mozambique and Sudan. They often published stories and commentaries that spurred Russia’s policy in Africa (while spurring US politics), told stories of Russian state-controlled bodies such as Sputnik and RT, and showed great interest in elections in Madagascar and Mozambique.