Context

News in the section ‘Context’ are not fakes. We publish them in order to provide you with a deeper understanding of the techniques and methods used by the Russian government in its information war.

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

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

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

6 Signs There’s No Such Thing as Internet Freedom in Russia

The international human rights group Agora says Russian authorities have declared war on the Internet Writing about Crimea, Ukraine, Syria or religion on social media in Russia has become a dangerous business. Saying — or typing — the wrong thing on the internet could now land you a harsher sentence than if you beat your wife. The most recent report on Internet and media freedom in Russia released by the

UK university denies any part in Russia’s latest Crimea propaganda stunt

Three UK academics specializing in military history are currently taking part in meetings and propaganda media shots in Russian-occupied Crimea.  They appear to be promising a joint project with Bristol University which says that the men have nothing to do with them.  The origin of the misleading information is unclear, however the members of this pseudo-delegation cannot have been unaware of the maximum propaganda benefit Russia would seek to obtain

Kremlin trolls exposed: Russia’s information war against Ukraine

UKRINFORM journalist Lana Samokhvalova found something strange while browsing facebook for a schedule of commemorative events dedicated to the Euromaidan Revolution– she accidently unearthed an entire network of very suspicious, self-identified “Ukrainian patriots.” She quickly realized they were Kremlin trolls who had been working systematically to destabilize the situation in Ukraine: “There was a very distinct pattern. Every two-three days, they’d urge people to bring Molotov cocktails to these commemorative

Kremlin Watch Monitor. February 9, 2017

New Publications The Visegrad Insight published an article written by our Jakub Janda. He explains the threat Russia constitutes for the states of the Visegrad group and warns that “it is only a matter of choice whether Central Europe will remain a part of the democratic West, or if some countries will move towards the direction of those states already deeply penetrated by Russian influence.” He also contributed to Observer

Twitter rolls out three new ways to fight abuse

Twitter has long been criticized for how it handles abuse and trolls on its platform, and on Tuesday the company unveiled its latest attempt to deal with the problem with three new features. Just the beginning, more to come… https://t.co/cpZYUtY6aO — Ed Ho (@mrdonut) 7 февраля 2017 г. Twitter said it will prevent previously suspended users from creating new abusive accounts; it’s developing a “safe search” that lets users avoid

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