Archimedes Group

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Archimedes Group is a Tel Aviv-based private intelligence agency that has operated political campaigns using social media since 2017.[1]

Archimedes' chief executive is Elinadav Heymann, who is a former director of the Brussels-based European Friends of Israel lobbying group, a former political adviser in Israel's Parliament and an ex-intelligence agent for the Israeli air force.[2][3] Other senior executive include Yuval Harel, Fabio Goldman, Uri Ben Yosef, Ariel Treiger, and Rafi Cesana.[4][5][6]

In 2019 it was banned from Facebook for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” after Facebook found fake users in countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia.[7] Facebook investigations revealed that Archimedes had spent some $1.1 million on fake ads, paid for in Brazilian reais, Israeli shekels and US dollars.[8] Facebook gave examples of Archimedes Group political interference.[9] The Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab said in a report that "The tactics employed by Archimedes Group, a private company, closely resemble the types of information warfare tactics often used by governments, and the Kremlin in particular."[10]


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  1. ^ Debre, Isabel; Satter, Raphael (2019-05-16). "Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections". AP NEWS. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  2. ^ Satter, Isabel Debre and Raphael (2019-05-16). "'Change reality': Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  3. ^ Solomon, Shoshanna; AP. "Facebook bans Israel-based firm that ran campaigns to disrupt elections". www.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  4. ^ "Israeli Tech's Dirty Ops". jacobinmag.com. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  5. ^ Needleman, Sarah E. (2019-05-16). "Facebook Bans Israeli Firm Over Fake Political Activity". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  6. ^ Weinglass, Simona. "Archimedes Group, outed by Facebook for election fakery, works from Holon office". www.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  7. ^ Madowo, Larry (2019-05-24). "Is Facebook undermining democracy in Africa?". Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  8. ^ Satter, Isabel Debre and Raphael (2019-05-16). "'Change reality': Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  9. ^ "Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior From Israel | Facebook Newsroom". Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  10. ^ Business, Donie O'Sullivan and Hadas Gold, CNN. "Facebook says Israeli company used fake accounts to target African elections". CNN. Retrieved 2019-06-08.