Context

News in the section ‘Context’ are not fakes. We publish them in order to provide you with a deeper understanding of the techniques and methods used by the Russian government in its information war.

As screws tighten in Moscow, Russians are turning to diverse regional media, editors say

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia As the Moscow media is increasingly restricted in its operations by the Kremlin, more Russians are turning to media in the regions which are often more diverse and exciting in their coverage than their counterparts in the capital and which can be accessed by the increasingly Internet-savvy regional outlets. The regional media are under pressure as well, but it varies widely from one region

Brazil introduces tougher regulations on ‘fake news’ ahead of 2018 elections

By Taisa Sganzerla, for Global Voices In early December 2017, Brazil’s government established a committee to monitor and possibly order the blocking of false news reports on social media ahead of the 2018 presidential elections. The news has raised concerns about censorship among the public. The “Consultative Council on Internet and Elections” will operate under the auspices of the Superior Electoral Court and includes representatives from the Court, the Ministry of

Isolating Russia’s three master narratives in Latvia

By Mārtiņš Kaprāns, for CEPA Since the 1990s, the Kremlin has disseminated three grand narratives about Latvia: that it systematically discriminates against its ethnic Russians; that fascism is on the rise; and that Latvia is a failed state. Although these themes are intertwined with the everyday content of pro-Kremlin news coverage, their actual impact on the Latvian public opinion is an open question. Discrimination claims focus on Latvian “ruling nationalist parties”

The Fake News Stories That Reeled In Russians In 2017

 By Carl Schreck, for RFE/RL ​Fake news — or at least global discussion of the phenomenon — continued to flourish in 2017, so much so that Collins Dictionary named the term its Word of the Year. Defined by Collins as “false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting,” fake news also reverberated across the Russian media and political landscape in 2017. From a purported Western plot to “collapse”

Facebook news feed: replacing Disputed flags with Related articles

By Tessa Lyons, Facebook product manager, for Facebook’s blog Facebook is about connecting you to the people that matter most. And discussing the news can be one way to start a meaningful conversation with friends or family. It’s why helping to ensure that you get accurate information on Facebook is so important to us. Today, we’re announcing two changes which we believe will help in our fight against false news.

Facebook, Twitter threatened with sanctions in Britain

By Jamie Dettmer, for VOA Social media giants Facebook and Twitter could face sanctions in Britain if they fail to be more forthcoming in providing details about Russian disinformation campaigns that used their platforms in the run-up to last year’s Brexit referendum, the chairman of a British parliamentary inquiry committee warned. The companies have been given until January 18 to hand over information. Damian Collins, chairman of the Department of Culture,

The wrath of trolls

By CEPA On 27 November, the U.S. State Department issued a press statement expressing concern about legislation it said could undermine anti-corruption efforts and weaken judicial independence. It urged the parliament to “reject proposals that weaken the rule of law and endanger the fight against corruption.” The statement echoes criticism of the bill coming from Romanian civil society organizations, professional associations and members of various legal bodies. In addition, protesters and other

RT: U.S. LNG Reduces Europe’s Energy Security

By Polygraph Ivan Karyakin Investment analyst “Brussels surely understands that replacing the Russian pipeline gas with American LNG does not increase, but reduces the energy security of the EU.” Source: RT, December 16, 2017 False Increasing the number of potential energy suppliers will enhance the EU’s energy security Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in late October described the U.S. export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the European Union as

Russia Today video has Father Frost tying up Santa Claus, forcing US сhild to recite poetry

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia In “celebration” of Western Christmas, Russia oday featured a video clip showing an American child putting out cookies and milk for Santa Claus, then waking up and discovering that Russia’s Father Frost has tied Santa Claus up in the kitchen and being forced to recite some Russian poetry. At the end of the clip, the following words appear: “We’ve hacked Christmas!” with the signature

Fresh battle lines drawn in Russia’s culture wars

Outside the doors to the Moscow courthouse, the crowd of supporters, and reporters, swelled into the hundreds. Inside, one of Russia’s most famous theater directors was on trial for embezzlement. Just meters away, on a street corner, a young woman stood with a small sign: “Return our artist to us.” Such are the times in Russia, where art — theater, literature, painting, music, film — has again become a political

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