Disinfo: Twitter, Facebook and Google are meddling into US elections and Russia

Summary

Now the US has another trouble. Large IT companies are meddling in their election: Twitter, Facebook, Google. They are censoring the republicans, smearing Trump and dominating with their pretense to determine what is good and what isn’t for billions of people and for the Americans.

Is this meddling? 100%. The rule by the people that were not elected. […] What gives them the right to meddle in elections? Never mind American, but Russian? And Russian way of life as such?

 

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation about Western social media companies and censorship. The disinformation message appeared after YouTube flagged a broadcast of "Vesti Nedeli" as potentially inappropriate or offensive to some audiences. Despite the label users wishing to view the content can still do so.

There is no basis to the claims that social media companies such as Twitter, Facebook or Google were meddling in the US election or engaging in censorship. Ahead of the 2020 Presidential election in the US the companies took it upon themselves to adopt additional measures to protect the integrity of election, which included promoting authoritative information, limiting political ads, and labelling misleading information among other means. The companies apply these measures in line with the community standards that users accept upon using the platforms.

See related disinformation messages alleging that Facebook will start hurting Russians; that Facebook uses Ukrainian Nazis to fight Russian Presence; that what Youtube and Google did to "Tsargrad was political repression.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 220
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: election meddling, Facebook, Censorship

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The Baltic countries had well-developed economy during the Soviet era

The Baltic countries, influenced by Russophobic propaganda initiated in the West, are increasing their defense budgets and regularly procuring weapons and military equipment from NATO partners (mainly from the United States and Britain).

Thirty years ago – before making the abrupt transition to the camp of “Russia’s adversaries” – the Baltic countries (as well as Ukraine) had a well-developed economy, largely oriented towards Russia, while now they have been virtually destroyed.

Incidentally, just like withdrawing from NATO, making the transition to the category of neutral countries would free up the budgetary funds that are so necessary for these countries today, and that they now spend on weapons to counter the so-called “threat from Russia”, which continues to be just the fruit yielded by Russophobic propaganda by the United States and Great Britain.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation consistent with disinformation narratives about socio-economic degradation in the Baltic States as opposed to their alleged well-being under the USSR. Estonia’s GDP per capita in 1993 was 5749 dollars, while in 2019 it had increased to 38,811 dollars.

The economic situation of all three Baltic states is rather positive, as demonstrated by the economic growth indicators in the EU. The dynamics within the last years can be seen here.

The OSCE confirmed that the Ukrainian Army attacks civilians

The OSCE’s daily report published on 9 November confirmed that the Ukrainian Army considers the peaceful population to be its target in the Donbas. The report says that between 1 January 2017 and 15 September 2020, 75% of the casualties died in non-government-controlled areas. Therefore, it is clear that the Ukrainian Army, the National Guard and the so-called “voluntary armies” are targeting the civilian population deliberately. Kyiv seeks to punish them for not accepting the results of the 2014 coup.

Disproof

A recurring narrative misrepresenting the ceasefire violations in Eastern Ukraine claiming that the Ukrainian Army deliberately targets civilians.

The Euromaidan demonstrations were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last-minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU.

Russia is not responsible for downing of MH17 in 2014

The finding of the Joint Investigation Team cannot be recognised by Russia as long as its officials are not able to fully participate.

The BUK missile system that shot down the passenger plane could not have been from Russia because all missiles with the type of motor provided as evidence were destroyed in Russia after 2011. It rather belonged to Ukraine and there is proof showing it was fired from a territory controlled by the Ukrainian government. This finding was ignored by the investigators.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the downing of flight MH17.

The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) also concluded that the BUK missile system belonged to the Russian army and that the place from which the missile was launched was controlled by the separatists at the time. The JIT consists of investigators from the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, Belgium, and Ukraine.