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TikTok reveals Russian disinformation network spreading anti-Ukrainian messages

10.02.2023, 11:25
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Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok identified a Russian disinformation network spreading war propaganda about Ukraine to more than a hundred thousand European users. The company disclosed this in their statement, Ukrinform reports, citing Bloomberg.

As reported, the network operated in Russia, but targeted mostly people in Germany, Italy and the UK in their respective languages. 

"About 1,700 accounts belonging to the network were able to spread anti-Ukrainian messages by masquerading as accounts created by local users," writes Bloomberg.

Between July and September 2022 the accounts attracted 133,564 followers. "It is unclear whether the network was linked to the Russian government," the news agency notes.

A TikTok spokesperson stressed that all the accounts related to this network have been removed.

“The fact that these networks and related accounts were quickly identified and removed is a testament to the considerable resources we have invested in protecting our community from being misled,” they said.

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