In the past few weeks, thousands of people have lost their jobs in US media. This is bad news for those of us who want to read reliable news at a time when we face a well-resourced, state-coordinated disinformation campaign from Russia.
Pro-Kremlin media promote a grossly inflated figure, implying that Ukraine had lost almost a quarter of its population in just 5 years.
The United States’ Intelligence chief has warned that Russia is likely to target the 2020 presidential elections with new, enhanced tactics.
The claim came from a regular contributor to Sputnik and was published in a news outlet run by the St. Petersburg troll factory.
Facebook announced that 364 pages and accounts were closed, due to “coordinated inauthentic behaviour”. Most sites were managed by employees by the Russian State News Agency Sputnik.
Initiatives to tackle influence campaigns on social media are flourishing, according to a new study.