CIA allegedly made fake social media accounts to troll the Chinese government

The CIA allegedly launched a secret operation to troll Chinese officials and turn public opinion against them through leaked intelligence and negative news on social media. Reuters reports the operation began in 2019 and was also aimed at causing paranoia Read More …

Russian troll farms didn’t sway voters in 2016 election

A new in-depth study has concluded that the Russian government’s efforts to deploy troll farms on Twitter to sway the 2016 election did not have any measurable impact on the outcome of that race. The U.S. government has been largely Read More …

Meta dismantles massive Russian network spoofing Western news sites

Meta says it took down an extensive network of Facebook and Instagram accounts pushing disinformation published on more than 60 websites that spoofed multiple legitimate news sites across Europe. This influence network mainly targeted Germany, France, Italy, Ukraine, and the Read More …

Pentagon opens sweeping review of clandestine psychological operations

The Pentagon has ordered a sweeping audit of how it conducts clandestine information warfare after major social media companies identified and took offline fake accounts suspected of being run by the U.S. military in violation of the platforms’ rules. Colin Read More …

Bots manipulate public opinion in Russia-Ukraine conflict

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have found bots have had a major online presence during the war between Russia and Ukraine. The researchers analysed 5,203,764 tweets, retweets, quote tweets and replies posted to Twitter between 23 February 2022, and Read More …

Activists use torrents to spread uncensored news to Russian pirates

A team of Ukrainian cyber-activists has thought of a simple yet potentially effective way to spread uncensored information in Russia: bundling torrents with text and video files pretending to include installation instructions. Named “Torrents of Truth,” the initiative is similar Read More …