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Russian bot farm launches AI-driven disinformation campaign on social media

10 July, 2024 Wednesday
13:49

The U.S. Department of Justice revealed documents on a Russian bot farm spreading disinformation on platform X domestically and abroad

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The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported the information.

The US agency checked 986 accounts on the X platform associated with the bot farm and seized two domain names.

They concluded that the bot farm used artificial intelligence to create fake profiles posing as U.S. citizens and spread messages in support of the Russian government's goals.

The U.S. Department of Justice noted that RT started this bot farm in April 2022, and in early 2023, the Kremlin approved and funded its expansion.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said that the searches and seizures by the US Department of Justice team disrupted the Russian AI-driven disinformation campaign that was intended to sow disinformation on American and international social media.

The U.S. agency also reported that X had voluntarily suspended the activities of identified bot accounts that were spreading debunked narratives and Kremlin talking points about the war in Ukraine, such as claims that parts of Poland, Ukraine, and Lithuania were "gifts" from Russia.

The bot farm promoted videos where Russian leader Vladimir Putin claimed that the war in Ukraine is not a territorial conflict but a matter of "principles for the new world order."

  • Recently, the Security Service of Ukraine uncovered two bot farms in Zhytomyr and Dnipropetrovsk regions that helped Russian special services hack into the phones of Ukrainian military and spread Kremlin propaganda.
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