On Facebook, the secret war of the French army in the Central African Republic

STORY – France and Russia are carrying out disinformation operations on social networks.

The story of this kind of secret war is rarely exposed. An analysis by the group of American researchers Graphika and the Internet observatory at Stanford University, based on data transmitted by the social network Facebook, has however just revealed the battle for influence to which France and Russia are engaged. deliver to the Central African Republic. A presidential election is held there on December 27.

“While we have seen influencer campaigns targeting the same (geographic) regions in the past, this is the first time that our teams have found two campaigns, one from France, the other from Russia, actively engaged one vis-à-vis the other “, Facebook security chief Nathaniel Gleicher commented on Tuesday as he announced that he had taken down three networks of accounts accused of violating foreign interference rules.

“Although the people behind sought to conceal their identities, our investigation found links to individuals associated with

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