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Suspected Russian Actors Target Far-Right US Audiences On Alternative Platforms

July 6th, 2021 13:22

Graphi­ka, a US firm spe­cial­iz­ing in online dis­in­for­ma­tion, is report­ing that actors linked to Russ­ian dis­in­for­ma­tion oper­a­tions are tar­get­ing Amer­i­can far-right audi­ences on alter­na­tive online plat­forms. Accord­ing to the Graphi­ka report:

June 7, 2021 Actors linked to pre­vi­ous Russ­ian infor­ma­tion oper­a­tions con­tin­ue to tar­get Amer­i­can far-right com­mu­ni­ties with inflam­ma­to­ry and polit­i­cal­ly-divi­sive mes­sag­ing, lever­ag­ing alter­na­tive online plat­forms such as patriots[.]win, Gab and Par­ler. The new­ly-dis­cov­ered cam­paign began on Nov. 5 last year, is still active, and builds on pre­vi­ous for­eign influ­ence efforts like­ly con­duct­ed by the same actors that Graphi­ka exposed ahead of the 2020 U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Nar­ra­tives have includ­ed false alle­ga­tions of vot­er fraud, ampli­fi­ca­tion of ten­sions over racial inequal­i­ty and police vio­lence, crit­i­cism of the U.S. government’s response to Covid-19, racist attacks on Vice Pres­i­dent Kamala Har­ris, and accu­sa­tions of senil­i­ty and pedophil­ia direct­ed at Pres­i­dent Joe Biden. The actors also dis­sem­i­nat­ed a series of polit­i­cal car­toons, which appear to be unique and may have been cre­at­ed specif­i­cal­ly for this campaign.

Read the full report here.

Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) report­ing on the Russ­ian rela­tion­ship to far-right actors in the US and Europe has included:

  • In June, we report­ed that Russia’s RT jumped into the grow­ing con­tro­ver­sy in the US over Crit­i­cal Race The­o­ry, a con­tro­ver­sy pri­mar­i­ly stoked by the rightwing in the US.
  • In April, we report­ed that on the attempts by British far-right fig­ure Tom­my Robin­son to cul­ti­vate rela­tion­ships with Russia.
  • In March, we report­ed about a NATO study find­ing that pro-Krem­lin and Krem­lin-offi­cial media repeat­ed­ly ampli­fied the voic­es of Ger­man politi­cians from the far-right Alter­na­tive fūr Deutsch­land (AfD) and far-left Die Linke.