When exercising discretion about how to moderate unverified or untrue content, social media companies, said Alex Stamos, director of the Stanford Internet Observatory and former chief of security at Facebook. The association decided to “pick a side”.
“I think this demonstrates the limits of ‘reality-checking’ in a fast-paced battle with real life at stake,” Mr. Stamos said, adding that technology platforms never now creates rules against misinformation as a whole, targeting specific behaviors, actors, and content instead.
Russo-Ukrainian War: Key things to know
A Ukrainian city has fallen. The Russian army gained control of Kherson, the first city to be overtaken during the war. The Kherson pass was significant because it allowed the Russians to gain more control of Ukraine’s southern coast and to advance west of Odessa.
That leaves the truth behind some wartime narratives, such as an apparent assassination plot against Mr. Zelensky or simply the number of troops killed in battle, which is rather elusive, even if the Official accounts and news media share information.
Those stories have continued as the war has progressed, revealing the outlines of an information war directed not only at Western audiences but also against Russian citizens. At the United Nations on Monday, Ukraine’s Ambassador, Sergiy Kyslytsya, shared a series of text messages that he said were taken from the phone of a dead Russian soldier.
“Mother, I am in Ukraine. There is a real war going on here. I’m afraid,” the Russian soldier apparently wrote, according to Kyslytsya’s account, which he read in Russian. The story seems to evoke a narrative raised by officials and widely shared on social media that Russian soldiers are poorly trained and too young, and don’t want to fight their Ukrainian neighbors. . “We are collectively bombing all cities, even targeting civilians.”
Experts say the story, true or not, seems tailored for Russian civilians – especially parents worried about the fate of their enlisted children.
“This is an age-old tactic that the Ukrainians are trying to use, and it is to draw the attention of mothers and families in Russia away from the more grandiose purposes of war, and instead the human cost of war,” said Ian Garner, a Russia-focused historian who has followed Russian-language propaganda during the conflict. “We know that this really works.”