February 10, 2019  |  Updated February 15, 2019

#DigitalResilience: Life of a Fake

By Nika Aleksejeva
(Source: @DFRLab via Pandoraopen.ru)

A fabricated blog post written under a false name about Eastern European history continues to circulate a year after its peak on Russian-language internet.

The origins of the blog post were repeatedly proven inauthentic, but internet users still approached its content uncritically, often misinterpreting it. The case demonstrates the difficulty of disproving false narratives when there is a political or “patriotic” community that is invested in the narrative and when false narratives are only partially addressed.

@DFRLab analyzed the frequency of re-posts and re-publications on Russian media outlets, blogs, forums, and social media.

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