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Kremlin Watch Briefing: Belarusian Protests Against Europe’s Last Dictator

Topics of the Week How will the Kremlin preserve its influence in Belarus? How big is the risk of Russian military intervention and how Russian outlets cover the situation? U.S. elections: Facebook wants to help voters by providing a system for absentee voting while Kamala Harris gets targeted by disinformation campaigns. Good Old Soviet Joke An American, French, and Slovak motorist meet in Heaven. As usual, they immediately start talking

In the Wake of Russian Propaganda: How the Kremlin Attacks Facebook with Ukrainian Media

By Natalia Ishchenko, for Den Den Daily Newspaper (day.kyiv.ua): №142-143, (2020) For a month now, there has been a scuffle and a brawl in media circles around a conflict between the StopFake project team on the one hand, and the community around  the ‘Zaborona’ website and Kateryna Sergatskova personally, on the other. At first glance, it may seem that we are talking about another “media war”, which has become a

To Outshout and Overpower: How Russia Is Trying to Influence the Ukrainian Information Environment and the Opinion of the International Community

By Yuriy Lapayev, for Tyzhden.ua Weekly Magazine, № 31 (663), July 29 2020. More than five years ago, Ukraine attracted the attention of world media. It was not about Russian aggression, but Ukrainian resistance to this attack on its information environment. It was then that the StopFake project emerged, which aimed to combat Kremlin propaganda and disinformation. Almost simultaneously, another equally well-known volunteer project InformNapalm was created, which also refuted

Figure of the week: 203

By EU vs Disinfo Facebook and Instagram have removed a total of 203 accounts linked to Russia’s Internet Research Agency that were operating out of Ghana and Nigeria and targeted the United States. Earlier this month, a cross-platform social media influence operation linked to the Internet Research Agency (IRA) but run from Africa was exposed through a joint investigation involving CNN, Facebook, Twitter, social media analytics firm Graphika, and researchers

Figure of the week: 32

By EU vs Disinfo A new analysis of 32 Russia-linked Facebook and Instagram accounts – which have since been removed – reveal how the Internet Research Agency’s tactics are evolving to circumvent the platforms’ nascent defences against manipulation. The research comes from University of Wisconsin professor Young Mie Kim, who started analysing posts on Facebook and Instagram from 32 accounts connected to the Internet Research Agency (IRA) back in September

Figure of the week: 122

By EU vs Disinfo Last week, Facebook announced a new takedown of 122 user accounts, pages, groups, and Instagram profiles originating in Russia that violated its policy against foreign or government interference. According to Facebook’s internal investigation, the network had links to Russian military intelligence and primarily targeted Ukraine, along with neighbouring countries in the region. Tactical Evolution The operation was characterised by greater tactical sophistication aimed at circumventing Facebook’s

Multiple measures failed to control mis- and disinformation in Tunisia’s 2019 elections

By Yosr Jouini, for Global Voices Facebook’s Ad Library ‘failed to provide any measures of transparency’ On October 23, 2019, Tunisia’s newly elected president, Kais Saied, was sworn in before parliament. In the second round of the presidential election, Saied garnered 72 percent of the votes (2.7 million votes), beating his rival, business magnate Nabil Karoui, who obtained 1 million votes. According to estimates by the polling company Sigma Conseil,

How social media companies are failing to combat inauthentic behaviour online

By Sebastian Bay, Rolf Fredheim, for NATO Strategic Communication Centre of Excellence Download publication file (2.77 MB) EXECUTIVE SUMMARY From the 2014 invasion of Ukraine to more recent attempts to interfere in democratic elections, antagonists seeking to influence their adversaries have turned to social media manipulation. At the heart of this practice is a flourishing market dominated by Manipulation Service Providers (MSPs) based in Russia. Buyers range from individuals to

Why Facebook is more revealing on nudity than on Russian disinformation

By EU vs Disinfo Researchers, election observers, and governments alike all struggle to measure the scope and impact of Russian disinformation campaigns. So far, sporadic press releases by online platforms constitute the bulk of first-hand evidence of these campaigns, as is the case with Facebook’s latest takedown of Russian operations targeting African countries. More systematic access to this evidence will be key to tackling disinformation and election meddling. Even though

The unequal aplication of advertising transparency

By Sara Nelson, for Disinfo Portal The role of social media and search engine companies in political campaigning and elections is under scrutiny. Concerns range from the spread of disinformation and profiling users without their knowledge, to micro-targeting users with tailored messages, and foreign election interference. Significant attention has been paid to the transparency of political ads, and more broadly to the transparency of online ads. While these concerns are

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