And “Telega” is still there: how Telegram-channels push pro-Russian narratives to the West
In recent years, Telegram has become one of the main platforms for the spread of Russian propaganda and disinformation – primarily due to the lack of censorship and weak content moderation. Although this service is popular mainly in Ukraine and the Russian Federation, it is also used in other countries. However, pro-Russian channels that broadcast narratives favorable to the Kremlin are waiting for foreigners in Telegram. Civil Network OPORA investigated pro-Russian Telegram channels that work for the Western audience and the connections between them.
Freedom of Speech in Russian Hands: How Russia Uses Telegram for Informational Occupation
Messaging service Telegram’s marketing strategy is to present itself as a platform for total freedom of speech in response to the moderation policies of other platforms like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Telegram professes to consider content moderation as a philosophical question of ethics and morale, as if any interference has the exclusive function of “disciplining” users. However, this philosophical issue has quite tangible consequences in practice. For example, the findings of an independent impact assessment of Facebook on human rights in Myanmar showed(opens in a new tab) that under-moderation of content in Myanmar language contributed(opens in a new tab) to the act of genocide against the Rohingya Muslims.
“Zelensky Abolished Democracy”: How Far-Right Republicans Manipulate the Topic of the Ukrainian Elections
However, the opponents of Ukraine are not interested in any explanations. The notorious Fox News journalist Tucker Carlson, referring to the mentioned interviews of Zelensky, concluded that the "main defender of democracy in the world" decided to "abolish democracy in Ukraine." Carlson's disinformation narrative about the “Zelensky dictatorship” and “cancellation of elections” was quickly picked up by other American figures, including US House of Representatives member Marjorie Taylor Green and a journalist Glen Greenwald. Civil Network OPORA investigated who else had joined the discreditation campaign in the American segment of Twitter and Facebook, and what key disinformation narratives about the Ukrainian elections are spreading in these social networks.
A knock-out blow to television: how social media managed to remain the primary source of news for Ukrainians
Last year in the third month of Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Civil Network OPORA decided to carry out a survey of Ukrainian media space.
Our people abroad: how to stay in touch with Ukrainians who left the country
Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine led to radical changes in the lives of Ukrainians. Some people took up arms and heroically defend our Motherland on the frontline, others joined the volunteer movement and provide the army with everything necessary. Some entrepreneurs are developing their business to support the long-suffering Ukrainian economy even in war-time. Living conditions have changed a lot in Ukraine: some people lost their property due to Russian shelling of peaceful cities, others lost their jobs, health, security, and the opportunity to provide their children with a good education. Some Ukrainians have spent their entire lives in the occupied territories.
Disinformation Goliath. What is the purpose of fake Facebook pages, and how they evolve
In the era of Twitter and Facebook just about anyone can create a new media resource with just a few clicks. It’s simple and cheap. This kind of democratization of the information space allows the new media to quickly carve out a niche and promote themselves to attract the attention of target audience, but it also leads to negative consequences by bringing the methods of manipulating public opinion to a whole new level. Over the past few years, Ukrainians have been subjected to many manipulation methods. These include coordinated networks of social media pages, clickbait headlines that trigger emotional reaction and help both truthful and fake news go viral, as well as sock-puppet farms – networks of fake user accounts that comment on social media posts to create an illusion of their popularity. Although the social media companies treat such activities as a violation of their standards, we still see hundreds of fake pages that are using these tools.
"What are we, shooting at ourselves?": narratives of Russian disinformation regarding the occupation of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant
The city of Energodar and Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) have been occupied by the Russian army since the early days of the full-scale invasion despite the heroic resistance by local residents. Both the Russian diplomacy and the Russian military have a significant strategic advantage to take the identified dangerous object hostage, since the risks of an accident threaten the nuclear security of the entire region. On March 3, 2022, the Russian army entered Energodar and occupied Zapor...
Media consumption habits of Ukrainians: the second year of full-scale war
In view of the aforesaid, it is critically important to get an understanding of the specifics of media consumption habits assumed by different groups of civil society of Ukraine. Indeed, any measures aimed at disseminating reliable news from official sources and counteracting disinformation will prove ineffective, if they are not implemented on the platforms actively used by civil society for media consumption purposes. Therefore, we take this opportunity to present the results of a research...
67% Of Ukrainians In 7 Countries Plan To Return Home After The War
67% of Ukrainians surveyed in 7 countries plan to return to Ukraine, of which 35% intend to do so only once the war ends. These are the findings of a survey conducted by Civil Network OPORA among Ukrainians in the UK, Israel, Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, the USA, Hungary, and the UK.