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Apr 12, 2022

TikTok influencers used to start a new movement, promoting Russian nationalism and spreading misinformation about the war in Ukraine. John Iadarola and Abbie Richards break it down on The Damage Report.
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A pro-Russia propaganda campaign is using over 180 TikTok influencers to promote the invasion of Ukraine -
"Over 180 Russian influencers on TikTok are involved in a seemingly concerted propaganda campaign using the caption “Russian Lives Matter” and participating in a combination of three trends that promote online support for Russia's war in Ukraine.
A Media Matters review of videos posted between March 4 and March 8 that use the caption “Russian Lives Matter #RLM” identified 197 videos from 186 accounts, 12 of which are verified on TikTok. Our review found that a number of the videos had identical captions and in-video text, suggesting that they were the result of some degree of organization. The video content took a favorable, pro-Russian stance regarding the war effort. If these posts were coordinated, it would suggest that they are trying to influence conversations about the war among English and Russian-speaking audiences on TikTok. Similar influencer coordination was uncovered in a recent Vice report."
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