Fake: Kyiv to Classify Crimea and Donbas Residents as Terrorists

Fake: Kyiv to Classify Crimea and Donbas Residents as Terrorists

Russian media are busy disseminating a new fakes claiming that Ukrainian authorities plan to designate residents of Crimea and Donbas as terrorists. Lenta.ru, Tsargrad, Pravda.ru, and even the seemingly independent Dozhd’ TVRain all featured versions of this fake story. Ukrainian authorities view Crimea residents with Russian passports and Donbas residents with Donetsk or Luhansk People’s Republic (DNR, LNR) passports as terrorists, declared Tsargrad, while Pravda opined that Ukraine had once

StopFakeNews #126 with Marko Suprun

The latest edition of StopFake News with Marko Suprun. This week’s fakes include claims of Ukrainians begging for electricity from Crimea, a “Nazi” footballer is excluded from Ukraine’s national team and the Maydan revolution, the source of all of Ukraine’s ills, including tuberculosis.

German military will create a Cybernetic and Information Command

In Germany, a Cybernetic and Information Command will come into existence in early April, as reported by Reuters. The new facility will be located in Bonn. Its initial size will be 260 people, but it is planned to bring it to 13.5 thousand people, including strategic military intelligence and communication centers, by July. By 2021, the number of employees of the service will reach 14,500 people, 1,500 seats of which

Russian Narratives on NATO’s Deployment

How Russian-language media in Poland and the Baltic States portray NATO’s reinforcements By Ben Nimmo, DFRLab In July 2016, NATO member states decided to enhance the alliance’s presence in Eastern Europe on a rotational basis, with four multinational battalion-size groups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. The move was intended to strengthen NATO’s deterrence and defense posture and serve as a reminder that “an attack on one is an attack

Russian Media Distorts Comments by Alaska State Official

He never said Alaskans would live better under Moscow, but dozens of Russian news reports claim otherwise Fake names and miserable wages: what it’s like to work in the Kremlin-friendly local Russian language newspaper. Published in Latvia, Segodnya newspaper claims to be the only Russian-language daily in the European Union. I met one of the newspaper’s journalists Yelena Slyusareva three years ago on a trip to Sweden, sponsored by the Swedish

Former FBI agent details how Trump and Russia team up to weaponize fake news

Trump “has used Russian active measures at times, against his opponents.” By Aaron Rupar, ThinkProgress During the first public Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about Russia’s meddling in the presidential election on Thursday, former FBI special agent Clint Watts explained how Russia and the Trump campaign team up to weaponize fake news. Asked by Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) about why Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to make more of an effort

The only redeeming thing about fake news is that it’s ruining April Fool’s Day this year

Plus: A lot of junk news on Election Twitter in Michigan, the AP pushes for clarity, and fifth graders get better at B.S. detection. By Laura Hazard Owen, NiemanLab The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed. A reminder that fake news is

Swedish kids to learn computer coding and how to spot fake news in primary school

Swedish kids are set to learn programming from their first year of primary school, as the country’s government introduces an improved digital competence aspect to the curriculum designed to make the tech savvy Swedes even better with computers. Sweden has a reputation for being a leading nation in the tech industry, but rather than resting on its laurels, the plan is for kids to be exposed to the nuts and

Fake: Ukraine to Open Camps for Syrian Refugees

The US news and entertainment site Buzzfeed published a story last month claiming that during Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman’s March visit to Ankara, he agreed that Ukraine would help Turkey with refugees from Syria. Citing a report in the Ukrinform state news agency, Buzzfeed contributor Blake Adams wrote that Ukraine was to establish refugee centers in the Odesa, Kherson and Mykolayiv regions. He attributes this claim to Middle East

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