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Russia 'meddled in all big social media' around US election

Russia 'meddled in all big social media' around US election

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Russia used every major social media platform to influence the 2016 US election, a report claims.New research says YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram and PayPal - as well as Facebook and Twitter - were leveraged to spread propaganda.The report, released today by the US Senate, exposes the scale of Russian disinformation efforts.Its authors criticise the "belated and uncoordinated response" by tech firms.The report was put together by University of Oxford's Computational Propaganda Project and the social network analysis firm Graphika.It is the first analysis of millions of social media posts provided by Twitter, Google and Facebook to the Senate Intelligence Committee.While Facebook and Twitter have previously disclosed Russian interfere...
Russia 'using 'hardcore propaganda against UK'

Russia 'using 'hardcore propaganda against UK'

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Latvia has raised concerns with Britain over what one diplomat described as "hardcore propaganda" against the UK and its allies aired by two Russian-language television channels that are registered in London. A letter seen by Sky News from the Latvian foreign ministry to Sir Alan Duncan, a foreign office minister, alleges "malicious" reporting by NTV Mir and Ren TV - which broadcast into the Baltic states - in their coverage of the Salisbury nerve agent attack.Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator, is investigating NTV Mir Baltic over a news programme transmitted on 2 and 3 April, almost exactly a month after the attempted assassination of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Image: Baiba Braze, the Latvian ambassador ...
Russia now world's No. 2 in arms sales, report shows

Russia now world's No. 2 in arms sales, report shows

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Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Russia is now the world's second-largest arms producer, overtaking Britain and moving behind only the United States, researchers said Monday. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said in a report sales of arms and military services totaled $ 398.2 billion in 2017. The figure, which excludes China because of a lack of available data, is 2.5 percent higher than it was the previous year and 44 percent higher than it was in 2002. The United States remained the world's top producer of arms, with $ 226.6 billion in sales in 2017, the report said. U.S. equipment accounted for 57 percent of sales of the top 100 countries listed. Lockheed Martin had the highest amount of arms sales in the world, followed by U.S. companies Boeing and Raytheon and Britain's BAE Syste...
U.S. conducts 'extraordinary flight' over Ukraine after Russia ship seizure

U.S. conducts 'extraordinary flight' over Ukraine after Russia ship seizure

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Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Defense announced Thursday that the United States and allies conducted an extraordinary flight over Ukraine after a Russian ship seized Ukrainian vessels and soldiers. The Pentagon condemned Russia's actions, adding the timing of the flight was intended "to reaffirm U.S. commitment to Ukraine and other partner nations" and that the U.S. is "resolute" in its support of the security of European nations. "Russia's unprovoked attack on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait is a dangerous escalation in a pattern of increasingly provocative and threatening activity," the Pentagon said. "The United States seeks a better relationship with Russia, but this cannot happen while its unlawful and destabilizing actions continue in Ukraine ...
NATO's Jens Stoltenberg: Russia INF violation a risk to Euro-Atlantic security

NATO's Jens Stoltenberg: Russia INF violation a risk to Euro-Atlantic security

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Dec. 5 (UPI) -- NATO has decided to start planning for a post-Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty world after the organization agreed Russia was in violation of the agreement earlier this week, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said. The statement followed a Tuesday meeting of foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "All allies have concluded that Russia has developed and fielded a new ground-launched cruise missile system -- the SSC-8, also known as the 9M729," Stoltenberg said. "Allies agree that this missile system violates the INF Treaty and poses significant risks to Euro-Atlantic security." The treaty dates back to a Cold War-era agreement signed by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev in ...