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New Details Emerge on How Kenyans Were Used to Cleanse Uhuru in Pandora Papers

Another investigation from the Mozilla Foundation has exposed how online disinformation efforts were used to clear President Uhuru Kenyatta after he was named in the Pandora Papers.

Data journalist Odanga Madung and cybersecurity analyst Brian Obilo conducted investigations into how well-paid disinformation influencers and sophisticated strategies were utilized to manipulate Twitter's trending algorithm.

According to the Mozilla report, once the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published the Pandora Papers and Uhuru's name was included, the Kenyan people demanded explanations, and another public relations campaign to cleanse the President's name was planned.

Since millions of Kenyans used Twitter to express their dissatisfaction and criticize the President, the social media network became the ideal setting for the counter-narrative operation.

The Pandora Papers' deceptive operations, according to the investigation, included astroturfing to manipulate Twitter's trending system. A rise in fake tweets and hashtags expressing support for President Kenyatta has been observed.

The Mozilla Fellows also observed that disinformation influencers were hired to spread the narrative, and that the majority of them feel they are not breaking any laws.

During their investigations, the duo learned that influencers used profiles that looked like public individuals in a classic bait and switch scheme. It was part of a formula, according to the research, in which users use comparable and appealing content to gain followers for an account.

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