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.
The message from the Kremlin has been that there is no epidemic in Russia. But journalists challenge the authorities, exposing disinformation.
While European institutions, EU member states, and international organisations attempt to protect the public from the COVID-19 outbreak, pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets and related conspiracy sites are engaging in a blame game.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, lives depend on accurate and timely information. In the words of the EU's top diplomat, Josep Borrell, “Disinformation is playing with people’s lives. Disinformation can kill.”
In a time that calls for international cooperation to fight a common threat, Kremlin mouthpiece Sputnik chooses to spread disinformation about COVID-19.
Advertisements for some of the best-known global brands are funding some of the most notorious disinformation sites in Europe – to the tune of US$76 million per year.
How have the Kremlin-controlled media handled the corona crisis so far? And what should we expect to see in terms of disinformation? Six independent Russian journalists and political analysts give their assessment.
Pro-Kremlin disinformation efforts aims at inducing distrust in institutions; distrust in experts, the health care system and the individuals, engaged in the self-less work to help people affected by the virus. In a situation where trust, cooperation and persistence is essential, disinformation kills people.
Nataliya Gumenyuk is a Ukrainian journalist and the author of a new book about Crimea. Six years after Russia's illegal annexation, she discusses the problem of disinformation; how it affects the local population and what can be done to challenge it.
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.