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Twitter processed over 50,000 misleading Ukrainian content

Twitter said it had “tagged or removed” more than 50,000 pieces of content that violated its policy on manipulated media following Russia’s attack on Ukraine, the company shared in a statement. blog post today. Additionally, the platform removed around 75,000 accounts for “inauthentic behavior” and spamming. While that number included users not specifically engaged in war propaganda, it included accounts associated with #IStandWithPutin, a hashtag that went viral last month thanks to a coordinated campaign by fake accounts.

Unlike previous times when a single government or state news campaign was to blame, Twitter found a wide range of actors were responsible for manipulating the platform, such as those recirculating from old images of conflict as if they were new, as well as the many Fundraising Scams in Ukraine that arose as a result of the invasion.

Last month, Twitter also promised not to amplify users’ tweets that included links to state-affiliated media (a step up from its old policy of not amplifying or promoting tweets who were only directly according to state-affiliated media accounts). Since February 28, Twitter says it has tagged more than 61,000 unique tweets that included links to state-run media outlets. He estimates that this reduced the reach of these tweets by around 30%.

Twitter has allowed Kremlin-backed outlets like RT and Sputnik (as well as other state-run outlets) to continue to operate their verified accounts, but labels and demotes what outlets tweet accordingly. Both propaganda outlets are also banned from advertising on Twitter.

Misinformation about the invasion of Ukraine has flourished on social media, particularly in the form of misleading photos and videos. The Russian government has blocked access to most western platforms for civilians (including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok), largely as a way to suppress dissent among his own people. But the Kremlin’s own disinformation campaigns on these platforms appear to be continuing apace. A Russian-backed theory that the US is helping Ukraine build biological weapons was further amplified by Chinese state media, as well as by the far right and right wing personalities in the USA.

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