US media is reporting on how disinformation about the Ukraine conflict is spreading widely beyond Russian state media by means of “shady think tanks, anonymous websites and other outlets.” According to an Axios report:
False narratives surrounding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are increasing and extend far beyond the bounds of Russia-controlled state media, according to new research from NewsGuard first shared with Axios.
Why it matters: Though Russian state-media has faced widespread de-platforming, many shady think tanks, anonymous websites and other outlets can easily continue to spread misinformation about the war.
- OneWorld.press, for example, is a website that bills itself as a “Global Think Tank,” but doesn’t disclose ownership, funding or control. It continues to regularly publish falsehoods supporting Russian disinformation and NewsGuard notes that the site’s internet domain was registered in Moscow.
By the numbers: Misinformation about the invasion is on the rise, both in terms of the number of false claims being spread and the amount of outlets actively posting misinformation.
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Since the beginning of the Ukraine conflict, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) has been extensively reporting on the growing disinformation surrounding the conflict.