“It’s a clear information war.” – Pavlo Klimkin, Foreign Minister of Ukraine
From President Donald Trump’s victory in the US elections, to the Dutch elections to Brexit, Russia has been implicated by intelligence agencies for using fake news to manipulate votes. The warning bell was first rung in Ukraine, where a misinformation campaign of Russian propaganda led to the annexation of Crimea in 2014, and conflict in Donbass in Eastern Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military and the StopFake community, including news host Marko Suprun and chief editor Yehven Fedchenko, continue to fight back against fake news today.
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It has been almost 2 years since Donald Trump was elected America’s 45th president. And with that, the term Fake News entered the public consciousness in a big way. Why are fake news stories so pervasive, popular and problematic? Is it because, as some experts suggest, fake news supports a strain of tribalism, an us vs them world view where consumers use fake news to reject views they do not agree with? From Europe to Southeast Asia, we look at how social fault lines (race, religion, social class, nationalism) can be further widened by disinformation and what we are doing about it.
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