Russia uses a ‘troll factory’ to relay its propaganda, London Alert

Pro-Russian trolls are waging an information war from a former factory in St.

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The report, whose authors have not been identified for security reasons, “shows how the Kremlin is using a troll factory to relay lies on social media and in the comments of sites with large audiences,” the UK Foreign Office report said in a statement.

According to the press release, this Russian disinformation campaign is “aimed at manipulating international public opinion about the Russian war in Ukraine.”

According to research, pro-Russian activists are recruiting Telegram trolls who are paid to attack Western media accounts and social media leaders and spread pro-Kremlin propaganda.

“We cannot allow the Kremlin and its troll factories to invade our online spaces with their lies,” said British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss. “The UK government has alerted its foreign partners and will continue to work with allies and online platforms to counter Russian operations.”

Among the leaders targeted was Boris Johnson, but also German Chancellor Olaf Scholz or the head of European diplomacy Josep Borell.

Daft Punk, David Guetta and German metal band Rammstein have also been targeted in this disinformation campaign, which is very active on Instagram, YouTube and TikTok.

Another technique used by these trolls is to amplify and make more visible posts from regular users that are heading towards the Kremlin, the study reports. A way to escape the measures taken by social networks to fight misinformation on their platforms.

At the heart of these maneuvers is said to be a group known as “Cyber ​​Front Z” on Telegram, which is renting its premises in a former arms factory in Saint Petersburg.

The group is suspected of being linked to Yevgueni Prigoyine, a pro-Kremlin tycoon specifically accused of playing a role in Russian interference during the 2016 US presidential election, the UK ministry said.

Mr Prigozhin is among those sanctioned by London for his links to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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