UK media is reporting on young Ukrainians trying to combat Russian disinformation efforts on apps such as Telegram and TikTok. From the BBC report’s conclusion:
Misinformation is a problem social media companies have been grappling with for some time. Now their policies are coming under fresh scrutiny. Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, along with Twitter and Google, have all announced commitments to tackle false information and propaganda around the war in Ukraine. But it’s apps like Telegram and TikTok — used a lot by young Ukrainians — is where much of this disinformation continues to proliferate. TikTok told the BBC it has “increased resources to respond to emerging trends and remove violative content, including harmful misinformation and promotion of violence.” Telegram did not respond to our request for comment. It’s clear that what’s happening online is causing even more panic and pain in the real world. “We are scared by those who create this fake information,” Alina tells me, ready to head yet again down to the basement as the air raid siren rings out.
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Over the last week, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) has been reporting on potential covert vehicles for Russian influence operations in light of state-backed media shutdowns. We have identified TikTok and Telegram as the most prominent examples.