LONDON (Reuters) – The British Overseas Workplace mentioned on Sunday Russia is utilizing a troll manufacturing unit to unfold disinformation concerning the battle in Ukraine on social media and goal politicians throughout quite a few international locations together with Britain and South Africa.
Britain cited UK-funded skilled analysis, which it didn’t publish. It mentioned the analysis uncovered how the Kremlin’s disinformation marketing campaign was designed to control worldwide public opinion of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, enhance help for it and recruit new sympathisers.
Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “particular operation” to disarm Ukraine and shield it from fascists. Ukraine and the West say the fascist allegation is baseless and the battle is an unprovoked act of aggression.
Russia says the Western media have offered an excessively partial narrative of the battle that largely ignores Moscow’s considerations concerning the enlargement of NATO and what it says is the persecution of Russian audio system in Ukraine, one thing denied by Kyiv.
“We can not enable the Kremlin and its shady troll farms to invade our on-line areas with their lies about Putin’s unlawful battle,” Overseas Secretary Liz Truss mentioned in an announcement.
“The UK Authorities has alerted worldwide companions and can proceed to work intently with allies and media platforms to undermine Russian data operations.”
Moscow has denied previous accusations by Western international locations of disinformation campaigns, for instance Washington’s accusation that Russia sought to meddle within the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Britain mentioned the analysis confirmed the troll manufacturing unit was utilizing Telegram to recruit and co-ordinate new supporters who then goal the social media profiles of Kremlin critics, spamming them with feedback in favour of President Vladimir Putin and his battle.
Amongst their targets have been senior British ministers and different world leaders, Britain mentioned, including that traces of the operation had been detected throughout eight social media platforms together with Telegram, Twitter (NYSE:), Fb (NASDAQ:) and TikTok.