Disinfo: The Elites have set up a system of cyber-manipulation to monitor citizens’ communication and prevent the universal awakening of mass political consciousness

Summary

Elites have created social networks to destroy bonds of solidarity among citizens, fake news to disorient them and plunge them into existential doubt. The elites have also set up a system of cyber-manipulation to monitor citizens’ communication through their metadata and prevent the universal awakening of mass political consciousness.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support the article’s claims. The article repeats a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that seeks to discredit liberal democracies claiming that the latter are, in reality, totalitarian systems ruled by “globalist elites” and “shadow governments” that use cyber-tools to exercise pervasive control of society, and use traditional media and social media to deceive and manipulate the masses in Western countries. This message is related to another disinformation narrative claiming that the West uses social media to spread disinformation aimed at destroying Russia. The article’s message is also consistent with recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about all-powerful global élites or secret élites ruling the world and controlling leaders. Read a previous case claiming that liberal globalism is an ideological dictatorship shared by all of the world’s élites and imposed upon the people.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 204
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian, English
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: social media, fake news, Cyber, Mainstream media, Secret elites / global elites, Media, Conspiracy theory

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Sanctions on Syria are illegal and aim to destroy the country

The leading Western states and their allies continue the economic war against Syria. (…) The EU aggravates the US trade war against Syria, its neighbours and allies through its own economic coercive measures. (…) Unilateral sanctions are contrary to international law. They are an instrument of pressure by rich states to destroy others, mainly developing countries, which do not want to bow to the political will of the rich states. (…) In other words, the EU and the US administration are waging an economic war against Syria.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Syrian war and belligerent intentions of the West against Syria. Within the context of the Syrian conflict, EU sanctions, imposed since 9 May 2011, respond to the repression perpetrated on the Syrian people by the Syrian regime and its supporters, including through the use of live ammunition against peaceful protesters and the regime’s involvement in the proliferation and use of chemical weapons. EU sanctions against the regime were extended in May 2020 for one year. The goal of these measures is not to destroy Syria or wage an economic war, but to put pressure on the Syrian regime to halt its repression and negotiate a lasting political settlement of the Syrian crisis in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 under UN auspices. They are part and parcel of the EU’s wider approach to the Syria crisis, as outlined in the EU strategy on Syria. See more disinfo cases alleging that EU sanctions on Syria are illegal and that US wants to divide Syria.

The EU pretends to want to help people in Syria: EU humanitarian aid is dishonest and hypocritical

The EU pretends to want to help people in Syria: EU humanitarian aid is dishonest and hypocritical. The leading Western states and their allies continue the economic war against Syria. At the same time, they hypocritically pretend to want to help the people in the war-torn country. To this end, they have organised another ‘donor conference’ to collect donations. But the money is not meant for all Syrians. (…) Media that do not reflect the responsibility of the EU and the USA and, very concretely, of the German government for the plight of Syria, and that do not at least present the dishonesty and hypocrisy of EU humanitarian aid, have failed in their mission.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Syrian war that aims to discredit the EU's humanitarian aid to Syria. The EU is the leading donor in the international response to the Syrian crisis. The European Union and the United Nations co-chaired the fourth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region”, which took place from 22 to 30 June 2020. "The Brussels Conference keeps the Syrian conflict at the top of the international agenda. We must do more to end the suffering of the Syrian people. First and foremost, we need a political solution to the crisis. It is time to unlock the Geneva talks, forge a political solution and bring an inclusive peace to Syria. We will also continue to respond to persisting enormous humanitarian needs", stated High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell. The conference succeeded in mobilising aid to Syrians inside the country and in neighbouring countries, including hosting communities, through pledges totalling $5.5 billion (€4.9 billion) for 2020, and multi-year pledges of close to $2.2 billon (€2 billion) for 2021 and beyond. Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, the EU has mobilised all political and humanitarian tools at its disposal in support of the Syrian people, remaining one of the main supporters of UN-led efforts to reach a political solution and the main humanitarian donor for Syrians, with over €20 billion mobilised collectively from EU Member States in humanitarian, development, economic and stabilisation assistance. In 2020, the European Commission alone mobilised €194 million in humanitarian aid, enabling partners to reach millions of people with vital assistance inside Syria. This includes close to €40 million to respond to the needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic. See similar disinfo cases alleging that the EU and the US block the rebuilding of Syria and that the West has planned the total destruction of Syria.

Russian Media are being discriminated in Baltic states

Sputnik Latvia regularly talks about discrimination against Russian media in the Baltic countries. Since January 1, Estonia has actually banned the work of the Sputnik editorial office in Tallinn, threatening employees with criminal prosecution. In Latvia, Sputnik employees are also pressured not only in the form of “conversations” with representatives of the special services, but also through an informal ban on opening bank accounts for them. This (ban on broadcasting of RT) is another case of violation of freedom of speech and freedom of information. The decision to ban RT in Latvia on the basis of false information is an indicator of the stupidity of the Latvian authorities blinded by Russophobia.

Disproof

This claim tries to portray EU sanctions on Russia, the result of its illegal actions in Ukraine, as unfair persecution against Sputnik and its employees, and against media freedom in general. In all of the mentioned countries Sputnik and RT are being accused of spreading disinformation, violating copyrights, acting as a propaganda instrument.

In Estonia, Sputnik is wrongly represented as a victim of unprecedented persecution. This kind of statements were debunked several times. Read here. The steps taken by Estonia are based on the Article 2 of the Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine that foresees freezing the assets of Dmitry Kiselyov, the Director-General of Rossija Segodnya.