April 5, 2018  |  Updated April 20, 2018

#PutinAtWar: Social Media Surge on Skripal

By Donara Barojan
(Source: @DFRLab)

As the investigation over the Skripal poisoning continues, the Kremlin is waging a fullscale information war to promote stories acquitting the Russian government of any involvement in the incident. The low-cost, high-impact nature of social media makes it a useful medium for the Kremlin’s war of narratives and as social media data suggests, Russia is winning.

A review of the most-shared articles on social media suggested that content from Kremlin-owned and pro-Kremlin media outlets far outranked mainstream and independent media on audience engagement statistics.

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