A guide to spreading fake news about Paris riots

A guide to spreading fake news about Paris riots

First: start with a strong headline. “Three police officers beaten up in Bobigny” will do. Second: add a photo of a man in a torn uniform with blood streaming down his face.  This was the very post that spread like wildfire on social media on Monday, February 13, the day after riots rocked the Parisian suburb of Bobigny amid allegations that a young black man called Théo was anally raped

StopFakeNews #120 [ENG] with Jim Kovpak

The latest edition of StopFake News with Jim Kovpak. This week’s fakes include Russian claims that the US and Canada are ending military cooperation with Ukraine; Russia’s man in the UN says no one in the Security Council supports Ukraine and how about those 700 tanks in occupied eastern Ukraine… where did they come from?

Identifying Khmuryi, the Major General Linked to the Downing of MH17

This article was collaboratively researched and written by the Bellingcat  MH17 Investigation Team. On 18 July 2014, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) published several tapped telephone conversations in relation to the July 17 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17). Most of these conversations, recorded on the day of the downing, are between an officer identified as ‘Khmuryi’ (’Gloomy’ or ‘Grumpy’) and other separatist officers or soldiers of the self-proclaimed

Fake: US and Canada End Military Cooperation with Ukraine

Russia’s Defense Ministry television station Zvezda aired a story this week claiming that the US and Canada were ending their military cooperation with Ukraine. Citing Ukrainian military analyst Serhiy Zhurets, Zvezda announced that several American and Canadian companies were no longer supplying Ukraine with components for the production of weapons. Zhurets, the director of the Defence Express consulting company, speaking at a press conference examining why the West is not

Fake: 700 Tanks in Occupied Eastern Ukraine are Spoils of War

Ask Kyiv where the 700 tanks came from, Russia does not send tanks to the Donbas, declared Russian Presidential spokesman Dimitry Peskov, responding to reports that some 700 tanks are currently on the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. The editor in chief of Russia’s eminent military newspaper Natsionalnaya Oborona Igor Korotchenko told the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that military hardware in the occupied territories could come

Fake: UN Security Council Refuses to Support Ukraine

Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin told RT that Ukraine received no support from UN Security Council members during a meeting devoted to the escalated fighting in eastern Ukraine in the region of Avdiivka. “They were supported by only the United Kingdom and the United States. The rest said that Minsk agreement must be carried out “, – Churkin said. Security Council members agreed that the conflict

StopFakeNews #120 [ENG] with Christi Anne Hofland

The latest edition of StopFake News with Christi Anne Hofland. This week’s fakes include claims that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is advocating lifting Russia sanctions; a new “Caliphate” will be built for Crimean Tatars in Kherson province and Kyiv to kill stray dogs in the capital before Eurovision.

Spread it on Reddit: How a fake story about Angela Merkel led to a far-right cluster on Reddit

By Ben Nimmo, DFRLab Germany holds elections in late 2017. Analysts have already reported that Chancellor Angela Merkel is being targeted with fake news and online attacks, espceially from hyperpartisan and conspiracy sites. In this report, the DFRLab tracks one fake story about Merkel posted on Reddit, revealing a cluster of sites supporting populist and far-right politicians in Europe. On December 23, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was given an unexpected

Fake news is ‘killing people’s minds’, says Apple boss Tim Cook

Apple chief calls on governments and technology companies to crack down on misinformation in public discourse By Kevin Rawlinson, The Guardian Fake news is “killing people’s minds”, Tim Cook, the head of Apple, has said. The technology boss said firms such as his own needed to create tools that would help stem the spread of falsehoods, without impinging on freedom of speech. Cook also called for governments to lead information campaigns

U.S. launches TV network as alternative to Russian propaganda

Current Time, an up-and-coming player in the Russian media market, will mark on Tuesday, Feb. 7 the formal launch of its 24/7 digital and TV stream. With a mission to bring real news to Russian-speaking audiences everywhere, Current Time is engaging audiences from Lithuania to Kazakhstan and providing an alternative to Kremlin-sponsored media. The day-long video stream builds on the successes of individual daily news programs started in 2014 and

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