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Thursday March 12, 2020

IRA in Ghana: Double Deceit

Ben Nimmo, Camille François, C. Shawn Eib, Léa Ronzaud, Melanie Smith, Thomas Lederer, Joseph A. Carter, Erin McAweeney.

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Russian operation linked to former IRA associates employed social media users in Ghana to target black communities in the US

On March 12, 2020, CNN, Twitter, Facebook, Graphika, and two professors from Clemson University exposed a cross-platform influence operation on social media that was run from Ghana but targeted black communities in the United States. These organizations concluded that the operation, which was still in the early stages of building its audience, was linked to a Ghanaian NGO ostensibly focused on human rights but ultimately traceable to Russia. Facebook attributed the operation to “individuals associated with past activity by the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA).”

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