Foreign actors targeted Facebook users during Australian 2019 election, thinktank finds

Country’s democracy at risk by actions that can ‘affect electoral outcomes’, says submission to Senate inquiry

Financially motivated actors from Kosovo, Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia used nationalistic and Islamophobic content to target and manipulate Australian Facebook users during the 2019 election, according to analysts from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).

Ahead of public hearings on Monday scheduled by the Senate’s select committee on foreign interference through social media, a submission from ASPI says it has found influence operations relating to Indonesia’s West Papua independence movement, Kashmir, and People’s Republic of China operations targeted at various political dissidents and the anti-extradition protests in Hong Kong.

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