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Kremlin denies knowledge of MH17 suspect it included in prisoner exchange

By Nik Yarst, for Polygraph Dmitry PeskovRussian Presidential Spokesman“No, you know, this is a question that has nothing to do with the Kremlin, so I can’t say anything here.” Source: UNIAN.info, Dec. 3, 2019 False The Kremlin is connected to the Tsemakh case. On Dec. 2, Dutch prosecutors announced that Russia had refused their request to extradite Volodymyr Tsemakh, a Ukrainian national, a former officer in the Russian-led militant forces

Russian ‘troll farm’ posts ersatz report on Hong Kong Thanksgiving Rally

By Polygraph RIAFAN.ruRussian news agency“Then everyone watched a video prepared by the organizers of the action. The video encouraged [them] not to stop there, but to continue the fight. Various white American uncles and aunts performed, and, against touching background music, spoke about the support of the ‘people of Hong Kong.’ In the frame appeared different faces from among American politicians and officials. All of them talked about how you

Fake news grabs our attention, produces false memories and appeals to our emotions

By Rachel Anne Barr, for The Conversation “Fake news” is a relatively new term, yet it’s now seen as one of the greatest threats to democracy and free debate. In the Netflix documentary The Great Hack — which chronicled the rise and fall of Cambridge Analytica — we saw how Facebook data was used to target potential voters with insidious right-wing propaganda packaged as if it were news. Trailer for

Russia and Syria: U.S.-backed Syrian Forces blocking refugee return

By Polygraph The Russian and Syrian defense ministries “A cause for serious concern is the situation in southern Syria, where U.S.-controlled bandit formations, operating in the 55-kilometer al-Tanf zone, continue to prevent the evacuation of the Syrian civilians from the Rubkan camp. The main reason for the actual failure of the U.N. Plan is the failure of American side to fulfill its obligations. Despite numerous U.S. promises to influence the

RIA Novosti inserts false claims in article on interview with MH17 suspect

By Polygraph RIA Novosti Russian state news outlet “Kyiv blamed the disaster on the militias, who said they did not have the means to shoot down an aircraft at such an altitude.” Source: RIA Novosti, November 1, 2019 False The “militias” openly bragged about possessing a Buk SAM system. On November 1, RIA Novosti published an article with excerpts from an interview with Volodymyr Tsemakh, a former officer in the

“Distracting the audience from the real problems”

By EU vs Disinfo Maria Borzunova is a Russian journalist who works for the independent online TV channel TV Rain. Together with her colleague Ilya Shepelin, she hosts a weekly programme on TV Rain called ‘Fake News’, which describes and debunks disinformation broadcast by the dominating, mainly state-controlled national TV channels.  In this exclusive interview, Maria Borzunova discusses why the disinformation is such a dominant feature on the large TV

“Russia is the world champion in free speech”

By EU vs Disinfo “Russia is the world champion in free speech.” This claim was made by the Russian TV host and state media boss Dmitry Kiselyov during a lecture he delivered to students of journalism at Moscow State University on 23 October. Mr Kiselyov repeated his own remark at a Russian journalism conference held in Sochi earlier this autumn. #149 out of 180 It is not difficult to make

Focus here, not there: These are the gaps in political misinformation research

By Laura Hazard Owen, for NiemanLab “Persistent debates about what constitutes ‘fake news’ and distinctions between other types of false information are mostly distracting.” Plus: A guide to covering misinformation without burning your news org or your readers, and a discussion of filter bubbles as not-really-a-thing. “Focus on the most pressing questions to which we truly need answers.” In a paper to be published in an upcoming issue of American

I create “convincing” manipulated images and videos — but quality may not matter much

Bad videos can be persuasive, too. By Christye Sisson, for NiemanLab Lots of people — including Congress — are worried about fake videos and imagery distorting the truth, purporting to show people saying and doing things they never said or did. I’m part of a larger U.S. government project that is working on developing ways to detect images and videos that have been manipulated. My team’s work, though, is to

Don’t mention Crimea!

By EU vs Disinfo The facts about Crimea’s annexation are now a taboo in Russia and subject to censorship. When the Russian version of Israeli author Yuval Noah Harari’s book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century was published in Moscow earlier this summer, references to the invasion of Crimea and the disinformation campaign around it had to be replaced with examples that were unrelated to Russia and Ukraine. Trump instead of Putin

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