Evidence of Ongoing Disinformation Campaign
Four years ago, Russia played an illegal hand in deciding the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, using social media to spread misinformation, disenfranchise voters, and contribute to the Trump campaign in ways that reaped obvious results. Following the election, social media and tech moguls behind companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google, and more have been called into question, pressed by politicians to provide greater cyber security and proactively catch instances of foreign powers trying to infiltrate American politics.
While actual amendments made by these social media companies have appeared lackluster and hollow—changes in leadership, marketing ploys, logo changes, etc.—Facebook and Twitter did recently find and suspend several accounts that were linked to Russian operations.
Feb 26, 2020: Twitter suspends all accounts associated with EBLA office in Ghana– CNN
These accounts, ran by people from Ghana, were targeting African/Black American constituents, making radical posts about liberation, identity, and rebellion. Although the posts did not show preference for any specific candidate, they were unambiguously voicing a political message and attempting to influence the American populace at this integral time.
The Ghanaian-based group that ran these accounts was dubbed EBLA online. Across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, the group had over 150 pages and accounts, and over a quarter-million followers. It also had a false headquarters location of Charleston, South Carolina to appear authentically American.
March 12, 2020:Facebook removes 49 accounts, 69 pages and 85 Instagram accounts associated with the troll farm. Twitter removes 72 EBLA accounts.– CNN estimate based on multi-month investigation
Obvious Inauthentic Behavior Masked by Human Trolls
Tech company personnel, AI security software, and a few active users noticed the conspicuous aspects of these page’s posts and flagged them. Further analysis eventually ousted them as inauthentic. Oddly enough, however, the investigation revealed that the posts were not created by bots (which is typical for such scams), but by actual people in Ghana. Thus, it took real digging along with some cross references with Russia’s previous posts to realize that EBLA was tied up and led by Russian operations. The Ghanaian representatives were essentially a ploy, an extra layer of protection for Russia to carry out its sneaky offenses
In the end, EBLA got the boot from social media, kicked off of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. While EBLA never endorsed or even mentioned a 2020 candidate, this seemed like an appropriate precaution on the social networks’ behalves, for the foreign accounts were clearly attempting to sway the American political climate.
Ever since its social media exile, EBLA has gone silent and reporters have been unable to reach anyone involved in with the suspicious organization. In the digital age, disappearing becomes quite easy. Such is why social network users have to be all the more vigilant, critiquing false information and halting suspicious online behavior before it overtakes the truth this election year.
Find books on Politics, Social Media and many other topics at our sister site: Cherrybooks on Bookshop.org
Lynxotic may receive a small commission based on any purchases made by following links from this page.
Books4 weeks ago
Digging Deep Can Payoff: Netflix Suggestion Engine can be Challenging
News1 month ago
’60 minutes’ UFO segment was a recap of what’s known: What’s Next is Big
Business1 month ago
Elon Musk is taking sides in the ‘True Battle’ between Crypto & Fiat
Apps3 weeks ago
Billie Eilish Strikes again on TikTok: “Slumber Party” Rehearsal (X)
Climate Crisis1 week ago
Climate Crisis: Report Reveals New and more extreme Dangers to our Oceans
Crypto1 month ago
Elon Musk looking to fix Dogecoin System Transaction Efficiency after Bitcoin Reversal
Entertainment4 weeks ago
Midnight Tonight these 20 Classic Films will be Gone from Netflix
Entertainment2 weeks ago
Netflix’s “Lupin Part 2”: The Quest for Revenge is Now: Official Trailer
AI3 weeks ago
New Jason Statham Video or Deepfake TikTok Account? You Decide
Entertainment2 weeks ago
What Time Will Gina Rodriguez’s ‘Awake’ Be on Netflix? Now. Find out what happens
Books1 week ago
Celery Juice: Easy Detox and Hydration and other Big Benefits
Celebrities1 month ago
Liam Neeson in Netflix’s ‘The Ice Road’: Deja Vu of High Stakes and Treacherous Terrain