In the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, automated accounts linked to Russia shared Donald Trump’s Twitter posts almost 470,000 times but gave Hillary Clinton almost 10 times fewer retweets.
Secretly obtained recordings and disinformation is not a new thing on Russian television, and it remains unhindered by the Russian authorities.
Disinformation video about Europe legalising incest has spread on social media for years. But if effectively debunked, attempts to use social media to disinform the public can have a much shorter life cycle.
The presidential elections are approaching in Russia, and the hopefuls do their best to attract voter attention.
A Russian television report used fake figures to inflate Moscow’s role as a regional importer and claim that the EU is snubbing Moldovan exports.
An article, which ran under the headline “It’s Time to Drop the Jew Taboo,” attracted a wave of negative attention among observers of Russian media.