The Russian troll factory draws its attention to Finnish news agencies and journalists

The Russian troll factory draws its attention to Finnish news agencies and journalists

The Russian troll factory has set its goals in the Finnish media at the request of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Ministry spokesman Marija Zaharova published files in the Telegram messaging application that contained information about the editors-in-chief of Finnish news journalists and urged users of the platform to send them messages.

Zaharova claimed that the Western media had banned interviews with Russian representatives.

This is not the case.

However, Zaharova urged online activists to pass on messages containing text "How long [the media] intend to hide the truth about the crimes committed by Kiev [sic] government."

Four media destinations in Finland

A total of four Finnish media were mentioned in the telegram messages.

In addition to Yle, the news coverage included publications from Keskisuomalainen and Etelä-Saimaa Selkeskus a service that provides news in easy-to-understand Finnish.

Zaharova also linked to social media accounts Arto SatonenChairman of Yle’s Supervisory Board and Yle’s CEO Merja Ylä-Anttila.

Finnish media, journalists and journalists may face lengthy online bullying and shame campaigns after the news was published, as the number of Finnish newspapers listed was second only to the United States.

Other Western news channels on the list included Germany, Poland, Italy and France.

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Citizens recruited for trolling

From the beginning of Russia’s attack on Ukraine, an aggressive campaign trolling under the sign "Cyber ​​Front Z" – referring to the war – has continued.

These so-called troll factories – targeting Western leaders, the media and social media – have been operating in Russia for years.

Editor of the Fontanka website in St. Petersburg infiltrated the "Cyber ​​Front Z" troll factory to get a secret report.

The British Guardian newspaper has reported reported that Russian trolls working at the old weapons factory in St. Petersburg have used the Internet to target world leaders and increase their support; Vladimir Putinattack on Ukraine.

The plant is believed to be connected Jevgeni PrigožinFounder of the Internet Research Agency, accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, which led Donald Trump becoming president.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, ordinary Russian Internet users have also been recruited for trolling activities, such as cyberbullying.

Trolling also aims to fill the social media feeds of target users with disinformation. Another preferred method is "brigade"directs the discussion on social media and in the comments section towards the opinions favored by the Kremlin.

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Source: The Nordic Page

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