Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Final Report by House of Commons

Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Final Report by House of Commons

By House of Commons, UK Parliament Summary This is the Final Report in an inquiry on disinformation that has spanned over 18 months, covering individuals’ rights over their privacy, how their political choices might be affected and influenced by online information, and interference in political elections both in this country and across the world—carried out by malign forces intent on causing disruption and confusion. We have used the powers of

Disinfo analysis: Moscow’s Balkan defeat

By Polygraph Polygraph.info has used North Macedonia as the shorter version of the new official name of the Republic of North Macedonia. Since the new name came into force on February 12, 2019, we have used the earlier name Macedonia for past events and prior quotations. Contrary to Kremlin’s assertion that North Macedonia is a small country of little strategic importance to NATO, Moscow has invested substantial efforts to undermine

Robotrolling 2019. Issue 1

By NATO Strategic Communication Centre of Excellence Executive summary This report presents top-level findings from the first research project to systematically track and measure the scale of inauthentic activity on the Russian social network VK. On VK, a vocal core consisting of loyal news media, pro-Kremlin groups, and bots and trolls dominates the conversation about NATO. The volume of material from this core group is such, that overall genuine users

Kremlin Watch Briefing: The new British report summarizing the British inquiry into disinformation includes exemplary recommendations

Topics of the Week The UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee published its final report on disinformation with multiple recommendations, including the necessity of social media to take legal responsibility for harmful content and the reform of electoral laws. Three online video channels targeting American millennials have been suspended by Facebook due to evidence they are funded by the Russian government. New Robotrolling: On the social network VK, only 14 % of messages

Propaganda narratives most often appeared in online media – the first results of monitoring the coverage of presidential elections in Ukraine

On Monday, February 18, a coalition of CSOs consisting of “The Commission on Journalism Ethics”, “Human Rights Platform”, “Ukrainian Media and Communications Institute” and “StopFake” with the support of the Council of Europe* presented the first interim results of independent public monitoring of media coverage of the Presidential pre-election campaign in Ukraine were presented to the public. The monitoring covered the  period of 14 January – 3 February 2019. Since

StopFake #222 with Marko Suprun

Fake: UN calls Ukraine the most dangerous country in the world. Moldova renounces Transnistria for NATO. The Strategic Cultural Foundation unmasked, not too cultural, but very strategic.

Propaganda and disempowerment

By EU vs Disinfo Mass media are grouped along two major concepts: Media as a Forum or media as a Tribune. This is, of course, a theoretical model to describe two ideal types of relations between the media and its audience. The concept of the Forum is based on a horizontal exchange of ideas and views. In general, the media lends itself to a function as a space for a public discourse. The forum is not a

Russian state media decries Ukraine for renaming its own cities

By Polygraph RIA Novosti Russian state-owned media outlet “‘Not Odessa, but Kotsyubeyev!’ Why does Kyiv erase the real names of cities” Source: RIA Novosti website FALSE Ukraine is a sovereign country that can rename its cities as it sees fit: there are no “real” names. On February 11, the Russian state-owned media outlet RIA Novosti published an op-ed criticizing Ukraine’s renaming of towns and other toponyms in accordance with the

“Party of war” or “pro-peace?”

By Poman Shutov, for Ukrainian Election Task Force To discredit some of the candidates running in the upcoming Ukrainian presidential election, Kremlin propaganda outlets accuse candidates trying to defend Ukraine from Russian aggression of warmongering. Meanwhile, these propaganda outlets praise Ukrainian candidates who advocate for peace “here and now” under Moscow’s conditions, labeling them pro-peace candidates. Thus, the Kremlin-controlled propaganda machine uses the candidates’ various roadmaps for peace as yet

Are Russian trolls saving measles from extinction?

By Ron Synovitz, for RFE/RL Scientific researchers say Russian social-media trolls who spread discord before the 2016 U.S. presidential election may also have played an unintended role in a developing global health crisis. They say the trolls may have contributed to the 2018 outbreak of measles in Europe that killed 72 people and infected more than 82,000 — mostly in Eastern and Southeastern European countries known to have been targeted

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