Ukraine Shuts Down Huge Bot Farm Pushing Russian Propaganda

From PC Mag: Ukraine has traced a Russian propaganda operation to a bot farm that was secretly operating in the country’s own capital of Kyiv.

The farm operated more than 1 million bot accounts, which helped the propaganda operation build an audience of over 400,000 users on social media, according(Opens in a new window) to the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU). On Tuesday, the SSU announced it had dismantled the bot farm, which belonged to an unnamed Russian citizen in Kyiv who positioned himself as a “political expert.”

“The propaganda ‘potential’ of this bot farm was also used by Russian special services,” the SSU added. “In particular, through bots, they spread fake news about the situation on the front and carried out information subversive operations.” This included trying to discredit Ukraine’s First Lady and alleging tensions between President Volodymyr Zelensky and his top generals.

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