Arming Ukrainian Grandmothers: StopFakeNews with Marko Suprun (No. 253)

Facebook Oversight Board

Sources: TechCrunch, CNBC, Business Insider In the middle of September, Facebook published a charter, in which it announced creation of an independent Facebook Oversight Board. Its decisions shall override Mark Zuckerberg, the website creator. He said that “the board’s decision will be binding, even if I or anyone at Facebook disagrees with it.” Earlier, Zuckerbeg compared the board with the Supreme Court. The concept dates back to 2018, but now

Russian diplomatic Twitter accounts rewrite history of World War II

By Eto Buziashvili, for DFRLab Official Twitter accounts amplified the hashtag #TruthAboutWWII in an effort to justify the Soviet Union’s signing of the Nazi-Soviet Nonaggression Pact Ahead of the 80th anniversary of the World War II Nazi-Soviet Pact on August 23, 2019, official Russian diplomatic Twitter accounts launched the hashtag #TruthAboutWWII to present a distorted narrative concerning the signing of the pact and the start of World War II. The

False: Russian claim Georgia denied USNS Yuma entry to its Black Sea port

By Polygraph Russian news agency “The Georgian authorities are not giving a U.S. Navy transport [vessel] permission to enter their country’s territorial waters.” Source:, September 16, 2019 False Georgian authorities have debunked the claim as disinformation. On September 17, news stories claiming Georgian authorities had refused the U.S. Navy vessel USNS Yuma entry to the country’s territorial waters in the Black Sea trended on — the Russian

Attack on Skripal and chemical attack in Syria are linked by one thing – Russian propaganda

Functioning in the internet, using social media, being a member of closed topic groups, we put ourselves at risk of being a target of manipulation operations. In such case it is easy to distribute the content propagandists want us to. Completely unconsciously, sometimes even in good faith. What to do to not be an involuntary outlet of foreign propaganda? The awareness of environmental threats can help – for example we

Scorching the Earth with disinformation

By EU vs Disinfo The scorched-earth tactics sometimes prove successful in conventional warfare. How does it work in the disinformation world? 207 years ago Moscow burst into flames. It was September 1812, Russia was fighting against Napoleon and his coalition – and it won. Its win was essential in stopping Napoleon’s dominance in Europe. Part of Russia’s eventual success in the war was the so-called scorched-earth tactics, which consisted of burning Moscow to

Fake: Poland shares responsibility for starting WWII

Russia usually engage its whole state apparatus in its propaganda actions, creating one consistent front of disinformation. In the last days, we could have watched such actions in the context of historical policy and 80th anniversary of the beginning of the II World War and Soviet aggression in Poland. Russian propaganda specializes in manipulating history, especially the part that depicts Russia as aggressive, offensive, acting against its neighbours’ security, including

Defending democracy through media literacy

By Jakub Kalenský, for Disinfo Portal This is the transcript of a speech given by Jakub Kalenský at the International Workshop on Defending Democracy through Media Literacy in Taipei, Taiwan. Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, American Institute in Taiwan, Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Swedish Trade and Investment Council in Taipei, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute, the two-day event underscores the commitment of freedom-loving

Figure of the Week: 37

By EU vs Disinfo  For pro-Kremlin social media the Yellow Vest protests were 37 times more important than the protests in Moscow. The Russian local election and the protests in Moscow have passed its peak and now it is a good time to take a look at the coverage of those protests. As the frustrated opposition candidates were barred from running for the City Council, Muscovites began taking to the streets on 14 July. The

Snowden about Russia: they love peace and freedom of speech

Edward Snowden gave Franc Inter an exclusive interview which was entirely broadcasted on Monday 17th September 2019, but its excerpts were published earlier. The former CIA and NSA contractor who is wanted in the US for revealing top secret governmental documents since 2013 has been an asylum seeker in Russia. In the interview he said, however, that he would gladly accept the asylum in France if president Macron granted it

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