The British Foreign Office on Sunday said Russia was using a troll factory to spread misinformation about the war in Ukraine on social media and target politicians in a number of countries including Britain and the United Kingdom. South Africa.
Britain cited expert research funded by the UK, which the country did not publish. It said the study exposed how the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign was designed to manipulate international opinion about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, boost support and recruit new sympathizers.
Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation” aimed at disarming Ukraine and protecting it from fascists. Ukraine and the West consider the Nazi leader’s accusations baseless and that the war is an act of unprovoked aggression.
Russia says the Western media has given an exaggerated portion of its coverage of the war that largely ignores Moscow’s concerns about NATO expansion and what it says is a crackdown on English speakers. Russia in Ukraine, which Kyiv denies.
“We cannot allow the Kremlin and its shady troll farms to invade our online space with their lies about Putin’s illegal war,” Foreign Minister Liz Truss said. in a statement.
“The UK government has warned its international partners and will continue to work closely with allies and media platforms to undermine Russia’s information activities.”
Moscow has denied past accusations by Western countries of disinformation campaigns, such as Washington’s allegation that Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election.
He said research shows the troll factory is using Telegram to recruit and coordinate new supporters, who then target the social media profiles of Kremlin critics, sending spam. for them with comments supporting President Vladimir Putin and his war.
Among their targets were senior British ministers and other world leaders, Britain said, adding that traces of activity had been detected on eight social media platforms including Telegram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok.
(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Frances Kerry)