US News False sites, false accounts and social networks: How Russia does its anti-Ukraine campaign in Europe
War in Ukraine: After the call for mobilization, the state of the armament of the Russian army poses question
in a tense climate of military mobilization of hundreds of thousands of reservists for the Russian offensive in Ukraine, The abilities of the army deployed in Ukraine still remain uncertain. © supplied by Franceinfo What remains of the Russian army? While the partial mobilization began in Russia, which could reach 300,000 men, many questions arise, especially on the different protest movements across country and that many Russians flee the country.
essential tool in the projection of its soft power and the destabilization of nations , digital is a full -fledged weapon in the Russian war machine.
The Kremlin is broken in the exercise of disinformation. At least, he has been suspected for several years to participate more or less directly in major operations. Between influence in elections and denigration of COVVI-19 vaccines, the examples are always more numerous.Meta claims to have foiled a vast disinformation operation
in a new report entitled "Eliminting Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior from China and Russia", the Californian company reports a large -scale disinformation campaign from Russia. Operating on several social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Telegram or Livejournal, the operation involved a network of 60 dummy websites. For the sake of credibility, some of these sites have usurped the identity of the major European media such as Der Spiegel, The Guardian or Bild.
War in Ukraine: Russia appropriates the Zaporijia nuclear power plant in a decree signed by Vladimir Putin
This Kremlin decision comes while the Ukrainian counter-offensive continues in the regions annexed illegally by Russia. © supplied by Franceinfo Russia has formally appropriated The Zaporijjia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, which she has occupied militarily for months, according to a decree signed by its president Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, October 5 . "The government will have to ensure that the nuclear installations of the power station (...) are accepted as federal property," we
Ben Nimmo and Mike Torrey, the authors of the report, write:
This is the most important and most complex Russian origin operation that we have foiled since the start of the war in Ukraine. It presented an unusual combination of sophistication and brute force. Usurped websites and the use of many languages have required a technical and linguistic investment. Amplification on social media, on the other hand, was mainly based on summary advertisements and false accounts.
Falsified articles most often criticized Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees, or opposed the sanctions imposed on Russia. Their content was produced in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Ukrainian, among others, which gives an idea of the scope of the operation.
Ukraine has taken up 400 km2 of territory in the Kherson region, the Russians say they hold on
© Stringers A police officer inspects the parts of an unmanned air vehicle (UAV), after an attack on Russia against Ukraine, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on October 6, 2022. Ukraine said Thursday that it had taken over in a few days more than 400 km2 of territories occupied by Russia in the south of the country, the Russian troops undergoing A Ukrainian counter-offensive.
Memes as a propaganda tool
According to the authors, the false accounts used ended up manufacturing "mini-marchs" which, by winning on different social networks simultaneously, have been built real visibility. In addition to the participation of the Russian embassies Facebook pages, the initiators would have spent $ 105,000 to highlight the false articles and ... original memes. Indeed, Meta reports that the campaign would have used it to promote pro-Russian and anti-Ukrainian stories. The company also mentions false petitions, including one on Change.org which asked the German government to end its "unacceptable generosity" towards Ukrainian refugees.
Although this campaign has been sophisticated in some respects, Meta affirms that the repetitive publication scheme by accounts created from scratch has caused the abolition of many of these by automated systems. The authors of the report conclude that the two approaches used, the creation of dummy information sites and their dissemination via social networks, "worked as an attempted raid against the world of information, rather than a real effort for occupy it sustainably. »
German "observed" shammate: Manager after a trip to the Donbass .
The managing director of a Hessian energy supplier praised the shammers in eastern Ukraine on site. That now costs him the job. © Photo: Reuters/Alexander Ermochenko People Walk Past Banners Informing About A Referendum on the Joining of Russian-Controlled Region of Ukraine to Russia, in the Russian-Controlled City of Melitopol in the Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine September 26, 2022 . Banners read: "Choose. 23-27 September 2022" (L) and "Future. 23-27 September 2022".