Stanford researchers, in collaboration with Facebook have discovered multiple Facebook accounts, pages and groups that distributed disinformation to African nations during election periods or times of political instability. The disinformation focused on delivering Russian-friendly messages and praised Russian foreign policies specific to the region. The nations targeted include the Central African Republic, Madagascar, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and others.
Russians are becoming more sophisticated in their strategies for spreading disinformation. Russia hired individuals skilled in native languages to spread the information, increasing the difficulties in identifying the true source. In this case, tracing the source to the Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Prigozhin, who was indicted by the US justice department for meddling in US elections, Russian disinformation activities are on the rise in Africa.