DOJ Shuts Down Russian Bot Farm Spreading Propaganda

DOJ Shuts Down Russian Bot Farm Spreading Propaganda

The US Justice Department has disrupted a Russian-operated 'bot farm' allegedly used to spread propaganda both in the United States and internationally. The bot farm reportedly utilized artificial intelligence to create fake social media profiles posing as US residents to post messages supporting Russia's war in Ukraine. The operation was led by a senior editor at RT, a Russian state-owned media outlet, and involved Russia's FSB intelligence service. The Justice Department seized two internet domains and searched nearly 1,000 social media accounts as part of this action.

This disruption comes as US intelligence officials are on heightened alert for potential foreign interference in the 2024 presidential election. European countries have also been vigilant against Russian influence operations aimed at undermining support for Ukraine's defense. The bot farm's activities targeted multiple countries, including Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Ukraine, and Israel. The seizure of these accounts is seen as a significant effort to curb Russian disinformation campaigns on social media.

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