“Facebook just took down two foreign influence ops that it discovered going head to head in the Central African Republic, as well as targeting other countries,” says Graphika’s Ben Nimmo. “More-troll Kombat, you might say.”From the introduction to the Graphika report MORE TROLL KOMBAT:
On December 15, Facebook announced that it had taken down three separate networks that it had discovered for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” that targeted communities across Africa. One, centered on the Central African Republic (CAR) and Mali, was linked to individuals associated with the French military. The other two, centered respectively on CAR and Libya, were connected to the business and influence operations of Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Prigozhin, founder of the mercenary organization Wagner Group and the Internet Research Agency “troll farm.” The French and Russian operations in the CAR tried to expose each other, and repeatedly clashed in groups, comments, and cartoon wars.
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