Disinfo: Facebook uses Ukrainian Nazis to fight Russian presence

Summary

Ukrainian Nazis, Banderas (after Ukrainian nationalist Stepan Bandera), Baltic gays, Polish human rights advocates and American fans are the best cadres to fight the Russian presence. So this is an absolutely deliberate policy, and such personnel are needed by Facebook.

Disproof

No evidence given. This claim mixes up recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the US, social media, Ukrainian Nazis and Russophobia. This is a part of a recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about the West's alleged plans against Russia.

In certain countries and regions, Facebook works with third-party fact-checkers who are certified through the non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network to help identify and review false information. For example, in Ukraine, StopFake and VoxCheck help Facebook to identify fake news.

So far, Facebook said that, based on the work of independent fact-checking organisations, it has labelled 40 million Facebook posts with warnings that the content may be false.

This disinformation message appeared in the same publication as the claim that George Soros occupies the Facebook moderation network in Eastern Europe. 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 203
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, Baltic states, US, Poland
  • Keywords: social media, Facebook, Anti-Russian, Stepan Bandera, Russophobia, Nazi/Fascist

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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