Fake: Ukraine Deliberately Shuts off Water Supplies to Occupied Luhansk

Fake: Ukraine Deliberately Shuts off Water Supplies to Occupied Luhansk

While Russian media were busy disseminating fake stories claiming that Ukraine had deliberately cut off water supplies to the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) in the east of the country, Ukraine repaired the damaged pumping station that was the cause of the water shutoff. Russian media cited the Luhansk water utility Luhanskvoda who announced on March 11 that water supplied from a regional pumping station located on free Ukrainian territory,

Fake: Massive European Demonstrations Supporting Donbas

Russian media reported that on March 5 Europeans staged massive demonstrations in support of Donbas, the eastern Ukrainian industrial region currently occupied by Russian- sponsored separatists. The demonstrations were in fact made up of small groups of emigrants from the former Soviet Union who gathered in several European capitals holding signs such as “Je suis Donbas” and “Stop the genocide in Donbas”. All the demonstrations featured self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic

Premiere of “Nothing but lies” documentary film in Kyiv

On the occasion of the third anniversary of the fact-checking project StopFake, a documentary film by Tim White’s “Nothing but lies: Fighting fake news” (UK) will premiere in Kyiv. The event will take place on 16 March 2017 at 5pm in the Zhovten cinema (26m Kostiantynivska St.). For many people the Fake News phenomenon has come from nowhere to dominate the airwaves, column inches and internet.  But it hasn’t.  Now

Russian state news agency misuses Barents Observer in fake news story

No, Ria Novosti, we have never pointed the finger of blame at Ukraine as the source of a January radiation leak. By Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer The Barents Observer last month reported on the tiny trace of radioactive iodine-131 measured across Europe. First noticed in Norway’s Pasvik valley, the isotope was soon found in Rovaniemi in Finland and later on in Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, France and

When is a false claim a lie? Here’s what fact-checkers think

Readers have had enough of the media not calling things by their names. Take Don Miller, of Littleton, Colorado, for example: Do you remain asea in ‘political correctness,’ or are you just being kind when you make reference to ‘whoppers’ and ‘falsehoods?’ A lie is a lie is a lie is a lie, intended to sway and/or influence the recipient, but still a lie. Mr. Miller’s email could easily have

Here’s Why You Should Worry About Russian Propaganda

By Alina Polyakova, Atlantic Council “Fake news” is the term du jour in the current discussion on the new media landscape. We knew long ago, however, about the prevalence and proliferation of fabricated stories produced by so-called media entrepreneurs looking to make a profit with flashy headlines or fly-by-night “news sites” churning out outrageous click-bait stories. The Russians (and the Soviets before that) had a different word for it: dezinfomatsiya,

The Daily Vertical: Post-Truth On Trial (Transcript)

The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL. We’re going to hear a lot more about the downing of Flight MH17. We’re going to hear a lot more about the killing of civilians in Mariupol and Kramatorsk. We’re going to hear a lot more about Russia financing, supporting, and arming separatists in the Donbas. We’re going to hear a lot more about terrorist attacks

Reporter who investigated Russian ‘trolling’ shares experiences, weighs in on hacking in presidential election

By Samantha Neal, The Chronicle Although Internet trolls were once known for leaving inflammatory comments on relatively inconsequential topics, trolling has become an international political issue. Adrian Chen, a staff writer at The New Yorker, gave a presentation Tuesday night about his experiences reporting on a Russian “troll farm” called the Internet Research Agency for The New York Times Magazine in 2015. Although the Russian government exercises tight control over other forms of

Russian propaganda foundation functioned under previous Polish gov’t: report

A Kremlin-run foundation headed by a former top KGB official was allowed to operate in Poland under the former Civic Platform (PO) government, the Gazeta Polska weekly has said. By Radio Poland The Russkij Mir foundation – meaning Russian World – is chaired by Vyacheslav Nikonov, a grandson of Soviet statesman Vyacheslav Molotov, and a former assistant to the head of the State Security Committee (KGB) of the USSR, the

‘Intelligence Collection Disaster’ Russia Turns WikiLeaks CIA Dump Into Disinformation

Though Russian hackers are not the most likely source behind Tuesday’s WikiLeaks document dump, Russia is certainly taking advantage of it—with bots spreading false memes. By Kevin Poulsen, The Daily Beast For the second time in a matter of months, U.S. intelligence agencies have suffered a devastating breach of their hacking secrets. But unlike the last breach in August, an American Central Intelligence Agency worker, not Russian hackers, is the

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