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Troll alert! SA among countries being targeted by Russian ‘cyber ...

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Troll alert! SA among countries being targeted by Russian ‘cyber soldiers’

Russia has a new way to manipulate social media on its war in Ukraine, but the UK and its allies are fighting back

Foster Wong

The Kremlin is using a new troll factory to spread disinformation on social media and in comment sections of popular websites to try to manipulate public opinion about its war in Ukraine, a UK government-funded report shows. 

“Cyber soldiers” are targeting politicians and audiences across countries including SA, the UK and India, it said. 

British foreign secretary Liz Truss said the government had alerted international partners to the troll factory and “will continue to work closely with allies and media platforms to undermine Russian information operations”. The UK will share its findings with major social media platforms and has created an “information cell” to counter Russian disinformation. ..

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