Tag "troll farms"

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

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

Russian Journalists Fight Back Against Disinformation

By EU vs Disinfo Factory of Lies is the name of a new television documentary introducing a number of journalists who have uncovered the hidden processes of the disinformation campaigns coming from Russia. Some of these journalists are themselves Russians who have not been afraid of doing this kind of investigative work in the difficult conditions of their country’s highly controlled media environment. Click to watch the Factory of Lies trailer where we meet Andrey Soshnikov and

New U.S. sanctions target Russian intelligence, companies for election meddling, cyberattacks

By Mike Eckel, for RFE\RL U.S. authorities announced new financial sanctions against Russia’s top intelligence agencies, more than a dozen Russian citizens, and the company known as the Russian “troll factory” in the latest U.S. push to punish Moscow. The measures, announced by the White House and the Treasury Department on March 15, were specifically in response to Russian efforts to interfere with U.S. elections systems, including the 2016 presidential

‘House of Cards,’ Or The Tough Workdays Of Russian Trolls

By EU vs Disinfo Working in a Russian troll factory may not be that dreary after all. According to a former troll interviewed by Russia’s independent TV Rain station, he and his team were instructed to watch the popular Netflix series House of Cards. The troll, identified as “Maksim,” said the series – which casts Kevin Spacey as a ruthless U.S. congressman with presidential ambitions — was meant to educate the

Russian ‘Troll Factory’ Agrees to Compensate Former Employee, But She’s Just Getting Started

The phenomenon of “troll factories” or “troll farms” operating on the RuNet and beyond to shape the conversations and sentiment online has by now received wide coverage in both Russian and international media. In many cases, reporters have relied on testimonies from whistleblowers who work or have worked for one of the alleged “troll factories.” At the end of May a woman named Lyudmila Savchuk announced that she was suing

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