OSCE interview fuels Kremlin disinformation

OSCE interview fuels Kremlin disinformation

By Polygraph Andrey Rudenko Russia-24 correspondent “Alexander Hug is well informed. For four years he’s been working in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, and in Ukraine as the head of the OSCE mission. They basically have open access to any place in the country. I’m not sure about western Ukraine, but here they have free access. They are fully informed. The statement he voiced today is confirmation of what

Smearing Sweden: International Influence Campaigns in the 2018 Swedish Election

By Chloe Colliver, Peter Pomerantsev, Anne Applebaum, Jonathan Birdwell, for ISD October 2018 This report presents the findings of a project that investigated foreign attempts to influence the 2018 Swedish elections online. The project revealed the relative isolation of the Swedish far-right online, with few internationally coordinated efforts identified in the Swedish election information ecosystem. Online Scandinavian far-right networks made some attempts to seed disinformation and hate campaigns in Sweden

Nitin Agarwal, Kiran Kumar Bandeli. Examining strategic integration of social media platforms in disinformation campaign coordination

By NATO Stratcom Centre of Excellence Download publication file (2.54 MB) Social media platforms are widely used for sharing information. Although social media use is generally benign, such platforms can also be used for a variety of malicious activities, including the dissemination of propaganda, hoaxes, and fake news to influence the public. The availability of inexpensive and ubiquitous mass communication tools has made such malicious activity much more convenient and effective.

Update: US labels as ‘absurd’ Russian accusations of manipulation of the Macedonian Parliament

By Polygraph Russian Foreign Ministry Russian Foreign Ministry “Eight votes that were necessary to secure a qualified majority were ensured by …means of blackmailing, threats and bribing opposition parliament members. Three of them, purely by chance, were released from arrest on that same day. Two others, who had open cases investigated by special prosecutors, were promised freedom. Others received corrupt financial offers in exchange for ‘the right vote.’ Parliament members

Russian state TV claims Megyn Kelly’s show taken off air because of Russians’ love for her

By Polygraph Kirill Kleimyonov TV anchor, Russia “The program of Megyn Kelly, our favorite American TV anchor, is being taken off the air. She was fired on a completely contrived pretext — for something she did not say about the color of Halloween masks. Something like ‘if a black person can wear a white mask, why then can’t a white person wear a black mask?’ Or, maybe the opposite. However,

Dali, Warhol, Boshirov: Determining the tme of an alleged photograph from Skripal suspect Chepiga

By Bellingcat Investigation Team On 11 October 2014, a Facebook profile to a person named “Ruslan Boshirov” — the cover identity of Skripal poisoner Anatoliy Chepiga — posted a lone photograph of Prague, showing the heavily trafficked Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock. The upload date of this photograph coincides with a report from the Czech publication iRozhlas that “Boshirov” (Chepiga) visited Prague on 11 October 2014. The Daily Mail reported — which, obviously, requires more than

Commanding the trolls

By EU vs Disinfo Thanks to a series of journalistic investigations, many of which have been carried out by Russian reporters, it is already well known that employees at the so-called “troll factory” in St. Petersburg receive instructions about which messages they should push in social media and online debates. Examples of such instructions have now been published in written form in the new indictment from the U.S. Department of Justice, which charges a named

StopFake #207 with Marko Suprun

Fake: Majority of Ukrainians consider Donbas conflict a civil war. Crimea beats record for number of tourists. Using the army to return Crimea to Ukraine. Did the deputy minister really say that? StopFake News #207 with Marko Suprun.

Fake: EU Warns Ukraine against Militarization of Azov Sea   

  The European Union is speaking out against Ukraine’s military buildup in the Azov Sea, declared the pro-Kremlin internet publication Ukraina.ru on October 23. The EU expressed dissatisfaction with the growing number of Ukrainian military vessels in the sea and even warned Ukraine against increasing its military presence there, the publication claimed. Other  russian  media such as RIA Novosti, RBK and TASS carried the same story, albeit with less accusatory headlines, and

What to know about WhatsApp in Brazil ahead of Sunday’s election

By Laura Hazard Owen, for 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. WhatsAppening with WhatsApp?You may have noticed lots of headlines about WhatsApp this week — that’s because, with the Brazilian presidential election approaching this Sunday, misinformation spread on the app — and coverage

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