Category Archives: Disinformation

The Russians received free access to state-owned propaganda

Authors:MediaSapiensThe experiment is currently underway: providers will have to provide the Russians with access to 391 “socially significant” resources for free within three months The Cabinet of Ministers of Russia has launched an experiment to provide free access to the so-called “socially significant” Russian Internet resources, the list of which contains 391 sites. These include access to government agencies, online services (such as

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Russia trying to stoke U.S. racial tensions before election, officials say

18:32, 6 April 2020 Russian intelligence services are trying to incite violence by white supremacist groups to sow chaos in the United States, American intelligence officials said. The Russian government has stepped up efforts to inflame racial tensions in the United States as part of its bid to influence November’s presidential election, including trying to incite violence by white supremacist

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Ask for help in Russia or die

Galina Poptsova Russian propaganda around the world is trying to exploit the situation with the spread of the coronavirus to achieve the Kremlin’s strategic goals. As for Ukraine, it adapts informational pretexts to narratives that remain unchanged: the collapse of the state, the collapse of the economy, the Nazi state. Ukraine also has signs of a global softpower campaign to position authoritarian

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Hydroxychloroquine rated ‘most effective’ coronavirus treatment, poll of doctors finds

April 2, 2020 | 6:30pm | Updated An international poll of thousands of doctors rated the Trump-touted anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine the best treatment for the novel coronavirus. Of the 6,227 physicians surveyed in 30 countries, 37 percent rated hydroxychloroquine the “most effective therapy” for combating the potentially deadly illness, according to the results released Thursday. The survey, conducted by the global health care polling company Sermo, also

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EEAS SPECIAL REPORT UPDATE: Short Assessment of Narratives and Disinformation Around the COVID-19 Pandemic

Note: The objective of this report is to provide a snapshot overview of the current trends and insights into disinformation activities related to COVID-19. It does not provide a comprehensive or complete overview and focusses primarily on the external dimension, in line with the EEAS mandate. The report was authored by the EEAS Strategic Communications and Information Analysis Division, which

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Russians Face up to 5 Years in Jail for Spreading False Coronavirus News

Russian lawmakers on Tuesday swiftly passed legislation imposing severe punishment — including up to five years in prison — for people convicted of spreading false information about the coronavirus. If a person were found guilty of inadvertently causing a person’s death or other grave consequences by spreading “intentionally false” information about life-threatening circumstances, he would face a fine of up to

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Ukraine security officials nab online troll spinning fake news on coronavirus

23:50, 24 March 2020 The woman had been spinning disinformation in various online groups where she was an admin, with a total audience of nearly 100,000 subscribers. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) says its operatives have detained a Kherson-based woman who had been disseminating disinformation on coronavirus spread, aiming to sow panic among Ukrainians and destabilize the region. The

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Figure of the Week: 76 Million

Advertisements for some of the best-known global brands are funding some of the most notorious disinformation sites in Europe – to the tune of US$76 million per year. New research by the Global Disinformation Index has produced the findings, estimating that more than $76 million in ad revenues is inadvertently being spent annually on sites that spread disinformation by major

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Russian News Outlets Ordered to Take Down ‘Fake’ Coronavirus News

Russia has ordered several news outlets to take down information about the coronavirus outbreak that it says is “fake.” Russia’s communications watchdog Roskomnadzor on Friday said that the Ekho Moskvy radio station, the Govorit Magadan news website and several other outlets had published “false information that is socially significant” about the coronavirus that “threatens to massively disrupt public order or

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Facebook, Twitter Remove Russia-Linked Accounts in Ghana Targeting U.S.

Facebook and Twitter said on Thursday they had taken down a network of Russian-linked fake accounts operated out of Ghana and Nigeria which targeted the United States. Facebook told reporters that the network, which it removed from Facebook and Instagram for engaging in foreign interference, was in the early stages of building audiences and was operated by local nationals, some wittingly

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Disinformation Mash-Up: MH17 and Coronavirus

What do the MH17 investigation and coronavirus have in common? According to pro-Kremlin disinformation, both are apparently nothing more than Russophobic attacks by the West against an innocent Russia. This week’s cases are a useful lesson in the opportunism and adaptability of the Kremlin’s disinformation machine, as well as its remarkable coordination across a number of different topics. Particularly striking

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Kremlin’s Dutch puppets join the MH17 case manipulations on the eve of the trial

In March of this year, the first hearing starts in the Dutch court of the MH17 downing case, where among the suspects there are three Russian nationals. So it is not surprising that the Kremlin propaganda machine, which has recently been distracted by many other topics, from Syria to the Munich Security Conference, is returning to traditional information manipulations. And

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Baltics Call for Unified European ‘Frontline’ Against Russian Disinformation

Article by: Olevs Nikers, Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 17 Issue: 29 In light of the three Baltic States’ and other Central and Eastern European countries’ continued struggle against Russian disinformation, Latvian President Egils Levits emphasized that international law needs to be improved to promote cyber security and limit sovereign countries’ vulnerabilities to information warfare (President.lv, February 14). Speaking at this

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