Here’s a look at what happens, and why, when Facebook gets its dander up enough to shut down accounts “being used to spread fake news and influence political discourse in a number of nations,(in this case) mostly in Africa, but also in latin America and Southeast Asia.
“Before the ban, Archimedes Group was running 65 Facebook accounts, 161 Pages, 23 Groups, 12 events and four Instagram accounts. The Pages and accounts frequently posted about politics, including elections, candidate views and criticism of political opponents, focusing mainly on the African nations of Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger and Tunisia, along with some activity in Latin America and Southeast Asia…
“While Facebook traced much of the coordinated, ‘inauthentic’ behavior to Archimedes Group, it’s unclear who paid the Israeli firm for the disinformation campaign(s). Graham Brookie, the director of the Digital Forensic Research Lab at the Atlantic Council, told the Washington Post that it’s easy enough to follow the ad-buying money trail to Archimedes, but it gets hazy after that:
“The useful thing about the ads is it gives us high confidence it was Archimedes, but it doesn’t give us high confidence who was paying Archimedes.”
Social media is truly becoming a place of intrigue, where attentiveness is key.