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Irony Dies Again as Russia Today Launches Fake-News Debunker

In case anyone needed a reminder that we’re living in strange times: Russia Today has launched a fake-news debunking site. The Kremlin-backed news organization, a notorious propaganda purveyor in its own right, announced the site — called FakeCheck — on Wednesday. It wrote: In a post-truth world, it’s sometimes hard to distinguish between what is real and what is fake news. RT’s new special project, FakeCheck, helps you to separate fact

Tanks of Buhaivka: A training facility in Eastern Ukraine

By Klement Anders, Bellingcat On March 16, 2017, popular Ukrainian Twitter user @GirkinGirkin published a tweet sharing imagery of armored vehicles, including tanks. The user claims that the photographs were uploaded on the same day near Buhaivka, Luhansk oblast, thus in an area currently not under the control of the Ukrainian government. After analyzing new satellite imagery from Digital Globe captured on Wednesday, March 15, we can confirm that Russian-separatist

How to Spot Fake News

By Eugene Kiely and Lori Robertson, FactCheck Fake news is nothing new. But bogus stories can reach more people more quickly via social media than what good old-fashioned viral emails could accomplish in years past. Concern about the phenomenon led Facebook and Google to announce that they’ll crack down on fake news sites, restricting their ability to garner ad revenue. Perhaps that could dissipate the amount of malarkey online, though news consumers

Russian Lawmakers Order Probe Of RFE/RL, VOA, And CNN

The lower house of the Russian parliament has ordered a probe into whether RFE/RL’s Russian Service, Voice of America, and CNN are in compliance with Russian laws. The move by the State Duma on March 17 comes just days after U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (Democrat-New Hampshire) introduced a bill that would empower the Justice Department to investigate possible violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act by RT, the state-backed Russian

How Russia and WikiLeaks Became Allies Against the West

Some claim WikiLeaks is working for the Kremlin. The reality is hardly so simple By Matthew Kupfer, The Moscow Times The timing couldn’t have been better for Moscow. Russia was being accused by U.S. intelligence of hacking the 2016 presidential election in support of Donald Trump. Documents stolen in the hack, agencies allege, were given to WikiLeaks for public release. Many Trump opponents blamed Russia for his victory. And Washington

Wikileaks Switched To Russian Web Hosting During Election

By Grant Stern, OccupyDemocrats Former Wikileaks & cyber activist Laurelai Bailey just used open source information to accurately prove that Wikileaks is being transmitted physically from within Russia. This story contains independent confirmation of her claim. She wrote: It makes no sense for people who claim to be for transparency to take up virtual residence in an autocratic nation that might try to kill them. So why would they do it?

U.S. falling short in countering propaganda from other nations, experts tell Congress

By Morgan Chalfant, The Hill Experts told a House panel on Wednesday that the United States has failed to counter information operations from nation states like Russia and China. Members of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities acknowledged shortcomings in current U.S. information operations and counter-propaganda efforts. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), the subcommittee chair, called for a “whole of government strategy” to counter these efforts by

Trump’s Russian connections and the “Cold War” inside the USA

Trump supporters are using blackmail tactics in the USA: even if he is really guilty of unlawful ties to the Kremlin, law enforcement bodies and congressmen should not bring the case to impeachment in order to avoid a “civil war,” and therefore one should turn a blind eye to the crimes, even if they are confirmed. The topic of Russia’s interference in the US elections has not lost its relevance

The Social Media ‘Echo Chamber’ Powering Austria’s Far-Right

Some say Austria dodged a bullet last year. After an acrimonious year-long election campaign the Alpine nation elected Alexander Van der Bellen, a veteran Green Party politician, as president last December. He had a margin of 7.5 points over his far-right rival candidate, Norbert Hofer. With parliamentary elections in Austria due to be held before the end of 2018 there are signs that while the election did not secure the largely

The Debunking Business is Booming

By Jim Kovpak, for StopFake Some readers are already aware of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s attempt to break into the fake news debunking business. It launched a few weeks prior to this writing and was a dismal failure. Rather than debunking actual fabricated news stories, the Foreign Ministry merely attached a Photoshop-made stamp to stories it deemed “fake,” including The New York Times’ story about the project itself.  Now it

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