Russian Internet trolls based on in old arms factory in St. Petersburg has set its sights on world leaders online and dissemination support for Vladimir Putin invasion of Ukraine, British government said referring to research.
Online operatives were found be ordering followers orient to the west media Media and politicians, according to research funded by the UK government which plans to share This is with main online platforms and other governments.
It is assumed that the troll factory is associated with the founder Yevgeny Prigozhin. of The Internet Research Agency blamed of intervention in 2016 election attended by Donald Trump win presidency. Presumably the headquarters is in leased space in St. Petersburg Arsenal Machine-building factory, manufacturing plant military equipment and technology.
Research details how the regime of the President of Russia is trying to manipulate public opinion on social media as well as in comment sections of main media the shops.
Goals include social media Accounts of Boris Johnson, British prime minister; German Chancellor Olaf Scholz; and foreign policy Chief Josep Borrell.
research said TikTok influencers are being paid to spread pro-Kremlin narratives. Operatives also reinforced genuine messages by legitimate social media users who turned out to be consistent with the Kremlin’s point of view – apparently to evade social media platform measures combat disinformation.
Analysis suggests one main brigade activity to direct attention of discussion on social media and in comment sections of newspapers to privileged opinions. manipulation of polls in Western media was also observed, including for distortion results of poll on whether the sanctions against Russia was supported.
Activity on Twitter and Facebook were discovered but were found be especially focused on Instagram, YouTube and TikTok. BUT key role in in network reportedly carried out by a Telegram channel called “Cyber Front Z”, with the letter Z, denoting Russian support for war.
social media Accounts of bands and musicians including Daft Punk, David Guetta, Tiesto and Rammstein appear to have been the target of a disinformation operation.
The researchers say group seems to have learned from tactics used by QAnon conspiracy theorists and the Islamic State terror group.
The troll farm is said to be openly recruiting and hiring employees, justifying work as a “patriotic activity” in support of “special military operation” in Ukraine.
British foreign secretary, Liz Truss, said: “We can’t allow The Kremlin and its shady troll farms to invade our online space with their lies about Putin’s illegal war.
“United Kingdom government warned international partners and will continue work closely with allies and media platforms to undermine Russian information operations.”
Culture secretary Nadine Dorries said: “These are insidious attempts by Putin and his machine deceive world about the cruelty he inflicts on in people of Ukraine.
“This evidence will help us to more effectively identify and remove Russian disinformation and follow our strong blocking actions anyone from do business with Kremlin-controlled media outlets RT and Sputnik.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not identify the researchers behind in work amid concerns over them safety for conducting work critical of regime of the President of Russia.
With the Press Association