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Sun Feb 23, 2020, 12:24 AM

Russia-linked disinformation campaign spreading unfounded conspiracy theories about COVID-19: report

Published 1 hour ago on February 22, 2020

By Agence France-Presse

Thousands of Russian-linked social media accounts have launched a coordinated effort to spread alarm about the new coronavirus, disrupting global efforts to fight the epidemic, US officials say.

The disinformation campaign promotes unfounded conspiracy theories that the United States is behind the COVID-19 outbreak, in an apparent bid to damage the US image around the world by seizing on health concerns.

State Department officials tasked with combating Russian disinformation told AFP that false personas are being used on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to advance Russian talking points in multiple languages.

“Russia’s intent is to sow discord and undermine US institutions and alliances from within, including through covert and coercive malign influence campaigns,” said Philip Reeker, the acting Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia.

“By spreading disinformation about coronavirus, Russian malign actors are once again choosing to threaten public safety by distracting from the global health response,” he said.

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/02/russia-linked-disinformation-campaign-spreading-unfounded-conspiracy-theories-about-covid-19-report/

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applegrove Feb 23 #1
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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Sun Feb 23, 2020, 12:28 AM

1. Trump needs to say something. This is life and death. Or will they do the Trump-Barr

routine and only pretend they are angry with each other? This is deserving of international sanctions against Russia.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 23, 2020, 12:30 AM

2. I'm sure it involves a Sharpie at some point. ...nt

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Sun Feb 23, 2020, 01:01 AM

3. If they can disable Bloomberg accounts

They should be able to figure this out and they damn well better. This is nothing to mess around with.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Sun Feb 23, 2020, 05:29 AM

4. So When Is Trump Going To Fire Philip Reeker?....nt

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