Tag "Twitter"

Fake: Mikheil Saakashvili to Fire Officials to Spare 4 Million Hryvnias to Move Family to Odesa

The Twitter page @saakashvily, allegedly belonging to the former Georgian president and newly-appointed head of the Odesa State Administration, Mikheil Saakashvili, has turned out to be a fake. It was registered in 2012, but was only activated immediately after Saakashvili was appointed to the new position in Ukraine. In two days @saakashvily gathered almost 9,000 followers and achieved a top-6 position among Russian-speaking Twitter pages. Major Russian and Ukrainian news

Clone Twitter Accounts Target RFE/RL

Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery. But it can also be an insidious form of disinformation. On February 9, a clone account appeared on Twitter that mimics the account of RFE/RL’s Russian-language service Radio Svoboda, using nearly identical graphics and a very similar account name. The account name misspells the Russian word “svoboda” as “svoboba.” The profile box of the fake account reads, in Russian, “Free news

Twitter Chatter About Putin and Poroshenko: The Language Breakdown

This article is part of a citizen-media data-analysis project, a collaboration between RuNet Echo and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. Explore the complete article series on the All the Presidents’ Tweets page. When we started collecting our Twitter data last October, we were predominantly interested in what Russians and Ukrainians were saying about their presidents. But we decided to cast a wider net and collected all the tweets containing

Russian Watchdog Accuses Twitter of Breaking Laws on Extremism

The head of Russia’s media watchdog has accused Twitter of a persistently failing to comply with Russian laws, after the micro blog said Moscow had submitted the world’s second-largest number of requests to remove content in the second half of 2014. Roskomnadzor chief Alexander Zharov took particular issue with the wording of Twitter’s statement, which said the micro-blog had “denied several requests to silence popular critics of the Russian government and other demands to limit speech about non-violent demonstrations in Ukraine.” Twitter’s stance “causes bewilderment,” Zharov was cited

Twitter Says Russia Repeatedly Tried to Erase Tweets by Putin Critics

Data pubished by Twitter on Monday showed Russia in the past six months asked the micro-blogging site to remove content 91 times, second only to Turkey. Twitter’s transparency report showed Turkey filed 477 content removal requests between July and December, an increase of more than 150 percent compared to the first six months of 2014. Russia and Germany followed with 91 and 43 removal requests respectively. Overall, government requests for removal of material were up by 40 percent. Twitter said it complied with 13 percent of Russian

Fake Twitter account of the Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament

Some marginal Russian and pro-Russian websites have published false information based on a fake Twitter account of the Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament Oleksandr Turchynov. This “news” is being actively disseminated across social networks. For example, a tweet from this account is the source for this item “Turchynov demands they die bravely and not to make complaints to the mass media”. Here is what this item: “Soldiers and officers of the Ukrainian Army! Enough with crying to the

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