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Meta Warns Russian Invasion Fuels More Disinformation Online

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hackers aligned with Russia They broke into the social media accounts of dozens of Ukrainian military officers and were attempting to upload videos of defeated and surrendered Ukrainian soldiers when the maneuver was foiled, according to a report from Goal detailing a worrying rise in misinformation on social media this year.

The report of the company that owns Facebook and Instagram revealed an increase in content related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as well as an increase in internal disinformation and propaganda in countries around the world, indicating that tactics initiated by foreign intelligence agencies are now more widely used.

“Although much of the public attention in recent years has focused on foreign interference, internal threats are increasing globally”warned Nick Cleggchairman of global affairs for Meta and former British deputy prime minister.

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Russia and its allies are major promoters, according to the report, with Kremlin-linked groups spread disinformation about their invasion of Ukraine while amplifying pro-Russian conspiracy theories at home.

Meta tracked the attempt to hijack the social media accounts of dozens of Ukrainian military leaders to a shadowy hacker organization known as Ghostwriterwhich previous investigations have linked to Belarus, a government allied with the Kremlin.

Ghostwriter has a history of spreading content critical of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and has also attempted to hack into email accounts.

“This is a tried and true thing they do”he claimed Ben Read, director of cyberespionage analysis at Mandiant, a leading US cybersecurity firm that has been tracking Ghostwriter’s activities for years. Last year, Mandiant said digital clues indicated the hackers were based in Belarus, though European Union (EU) officials previously blamed Russia.

Belarus and Russia have not responded to the accusations.

inside Russia, The Kremlin has blocked hundreds of news sources and websites, including Facebook and Twitter, and has threatened to jail anyone who tries to report on the war.

Instead of rigorous journalism, the state-controlled media has promoted discredited conspiracy theories about alleged Ukrainian Nazis or alleged secret US biological weapons laboratories.

Source: Gestion

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