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Thief cries, catch the thief!

By EU vs Disinfo When pro-Kremlin commentators attempt to blur the facts about MH17, they insist that any investigation that does not include Russia among the investigators cannot be considered credible (despite the fact that the only “evidence” Russia has presented was fabricated). This strategy, when an actor creates a problem and insists the problem cannot be solved without his permission and cooperation, can have multiple applications – and it

Putin: High Treason Charges Against Journalists “Unprecedented.” Russian Journalist: “Putin Lies”

By Polygraph Vladimir Putin President, Russia “That is an unprecedented thing. They are attempting to bring high treason charges against a person for what he did publicly and for performing his professional duties. I haven’t seen anything like this in a long time.” Source: Vesti.ru, May 19, 2018 FALSE High treason charges against journalists are not unprecedented around the world, Russia included During a May 19 joint press conference in

You see it, you buy it: Just being exposed to fake news makes you more likely to believe it

By Laura Hazard Owen, for Nieman Lab 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. 3,500 Facebook ads. Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released a trove of 3,500 Facebook ads purchased by Russia during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Tony Romm in The Washington Post: In many

Moscow: Crimea is Russian, UN: It is occupied territory

By Polygraph Alexander Domrin Alexander Domrin, Professor of International Law, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow “Up to this point, it (Crimea) has been perceived exclusively as a Russian territory. And in 2014 the peninsula joined the Russian Federation on the basis of a referendum in which the overwhelming majority of the inhabitants of the peninsula took part. And now it will not be returned to Ukraine or

Sanctions on Russian aluminum do no harm to a US automaker, despite Russian claim

By Polygraph Alexis Rodzianko President and CEO of the American Chamber of Congress in Russia “If Rusal doesn’t deliver this metal (aluminum) to America … then producing enough cars (F150s) to meet market demands will be impossible, and this is a big loss.” Source: RIA Novosti FALSE 98 percent of the aluminum in the new Ford F150 is produced in the U.S. On May 7, the Russian state news agency

Russia uses fake rape stories to create hostility to NATO troops

By Lukas Andriukaitis, for Integrity Initiative The current Russian information warfare comes in many shapes and forms. Some of the methods involve highly contemporary technology, such as bots and hackers, others rely on emotional narratives. Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis already presented how Russia is exploiting the Nazism narrative in the Baltic States, which is deeply connected to Russian historical identity and emotions. This time we are looking into a

How artificial intelligence can detect – and create – fake news

By Anjana Susarla, for The Conversation When Mark Zuckerberg told Congress Facebook would use artificial intelligence to detect fake news posted on the social media site, he wasn’t particularly specific about what that meant. Given my own work using image and video analytics, I suggest the company should be careful. Despite some basic potential flaws, AI can be a useful tool for spotting online propaganda – but it can also be startlingly good

Fighting Fake News

By Dmytro Zolotukhin, for Medium Experience of Ukraine and Recommendations “Fake news” (“fakes”) is a generic term that is a product of media, where there is a need to place a short name on phenomenon for ease of use. The use of this phrase greatly complicates the work on the scientific-practical and legal formulations of a specific definition for this phenomenon. In the scientific and modern media environment such phrases are

Russian media cite fake election observers

By Polygraph Thierry Mariani French politician “I have worked as an observer of elections for about 20 years and can say that in Russia I see improvements every time. And elections are becoming more transparent and open.” Source: Press Conference, March 19, 2018 False Mariani was part of a phony election monitoring mission designed to lend legitimacy to questionable elections and referendums organized by the Kremlin. On March 19, one

Final report of the High level expert group on fake news and online disinformation

By European Commission In January 2018, the European Commission set up a high-level group of experts (“the HLEG”) to advise on policy initiatives to counter fake news and disinformation spread online. The main deliverable of the HLEG was a report designed to review best practices in the light of fundamental principles, and suitable responses stemming from such principles. The analysis presented in the Report starts from a shared understanding of

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