Russia Is Using Telegram to Spread Disinformation About the Ukraine War

Russia Is Using Telegram to Spread Disinformation About the Ukraine War
Demonstrators hold a portrait of messaging app Telegram co-founder Pavel Durov as an icon, during the Free Internet rally in Moscow, Russia, March 10, 2019 (AP photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko).

During the war in Ukraine, Telegram has been essential for communications. As a result, Moscow has infiltrated the encrypted messaging app’s channels to spread disinformation to Ukrainians and flood Russian users with pro-Kremlin content, indicating that when Moscow can’t block a technology, it will work to subvert and overwhelm it.

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