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U.S. officials said the scheme was organized in 2022 after a senior editor at RT, a Russian-state-funded media organization, helped develop technology for a so-called social media bot farm

A Russian propaganda campaign backed by the Kremlin that spread online disinformation in the United States and was boosted by artificial intelligence has been disrupted, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

U.S. officials described the internet operation as part of an ongoing effort to sow discord in the U.S. through the creation of fictitious social media profiles that purport to belong to authentic Americans but are actually designed to advance the aims of the Russian government, including by spreading disinformation about its war with Ukraine.

U.S. officials said the scheme was organized in 2022 after a senior editor at RT, a Russian-state-funded media organization that has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent, helped develop technology for a so-called social media bot farm. It received the support and financial approval of the Kremlin, with an officer of Russia's Federal Security Service — or FSB — leading a private intelligence organization that promoted disinformation on social media through a network of fake accounts.

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[-] fern@lemmy.autism.place 42 points 1 week ago

I was so excited I thought they finally dismanted the Republican party...

[-] PugJesus@lemmy.world 26 points 1 week ago

I wonder if we've lost anyone here

[-] Mongostein@lemmy.ca 12 points 1 week ago
[-] aniki 3 points 1 week ago

From their comfy home in Canada? Probably.

[-] blattrules@lemmy.world 24 points 1 week ago

Oh no, now where are republicans going to get their news from?

[-] Matriks404@lemmy.world 17 points 1 week ago

Imagine reading that article title 20-30 years ago. I'd shit my pants, lol.

[-] Nobody@lemmy.world 7 points 1 week ago

Title very sad. Russia not enemy. Russia friend. I find great video on American politics.


[-] EarthShipTechIntern@lemm.ee 5 points 1 week ago

Disrupted, yes.

Dismantled? Not bloody likely. Believe it when I see it.

[-] Xtallll@lemmy.blahaj.zone 2 points 1 week ago

In other news there was a precipitous drop in active Lemmy accounts.

[-] Daxtron2@startrek.website 3 points 1 week ago

lemmy.ml be sweatin'

[-] CaptainKickass@lemmy.world -3 points 1 week ago

Mods are removing comments because their asses are chapped 🍒

[-] JonsJava@lemmy.world 10 points 1 week ago

Rule enforcement. As stated elsewhere, your modlogs are freely available to be perused.

[-] Drunemeton@lemmy.world 3 points 1 week ago

Why? What kind of comments? 🙏

[-] PugJesus@lemmy.world 4 points 1 week ago

Calling out a specific poster. I get why that sort of thing isn't allowed.

[-] Drunemeton@lemmy.world 3 points 1 week ago
this post was submitted on 10 Jul 2024
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