@CraigSilverman @RMac18 @PranavDixit "In countries including India, Ukraine, Spain, Bolivia, and Ecuador" a junior data scientist at Facebook "found evidence of coordinated campaigns of varying sizes to boost or hinder political candidates or outcomes..." buzzfeednews.com/article/craigs…
@CraigSilverman @RMac18 @PranavDixit "Current president 'Volodymyr Zelensky and his faction was the only major group not affected.'" buzzfeednews.com/article/craigs…
Seriously? “Last year when we blocked users from naming the Ukraine whistleblower, we forgot to cover hashtags until I stepped in,” she wrote. buzzfeednews.com/article/craigs…
"In Azerbaijan, she found a large network of inauthentic accounts used to attack opponents of President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and his ruling New Azerbaijan Party, which uses the acronym YAP. Facebook still has not disclosed the influence campaign, according to Zhang."

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11 Sep
When this couple came to Molalla, Oregon to take photos of the fires, armed locals thought they were Antifa arsonists. Spoiler: the weren't.

@JaneLytv and I wrote about the disinfo spreading like, well, wildfire on the West Coast. buzzfeednews.com/article/christ…
@JaneLytv Molalla Police Dept, Medford Police Dept, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office have all published appeals on Facebook in the past 24 hours for the public to stop spreading false information connecting Antifa to Oregon fires. buzzfeednews.com/article/christ…
And for people who may be thinking, "What in the world is Chris doing writing about Oregon?" Well, I was born and raised there; graduated from PSU. My family lives in the area I reported on. And working in the former Soviet Union for past 10 years means I cover disinformation.
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10 Sep
US blacklisted four Russia-linked individuals for attempting to influence US election, including Ukrainian lawmaker Andriy Derkach, who it called “an active Russian agent.” Derkach has helped Rudy Giuliani dig up dirt on Joe Biden. My story on today's news buzzfeednews.com/article/christ…
A lot more about Derkach, who the US is now calling “an active Russian agent,” and what he's been up to here: buzzfeednews.com/article/christ…
Commenting on today's sanctions, @stevenmnuchin1 said, “Derkach and other Russian agents employ manipulation and deceit to attempt to influence elections in the United States and elsewhere around the world.” buzzfeednews.com/article/christ…
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23 Aug
What a show. Lukashenko steps off a state helicopter in riot garb and carrying an assault rifle.
Incredible. Lukashenko, donning full OMON riot police gear in a series of propaganda videos released by Belarusian state media, says protesters — his the Belarusian people — “scattered like rats” as he arrived to thank security forces. Notice the assault rifle at his side. 🙄
Omg that’s his 16-year-old son Kolya in full combat gear beside him.
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23 Aug
Another Sunday, another big opposition demonstration planned in Minsk this afternoon. Ahead of it, Lukashenko sent a large column of military vehicles and anti-riot trucks into the city. Earlier in the week he implied he was ready to crush protesters.
Do follow @HannaLiubakova who is in Minsk and reporting on events. She has a good thread here about the mood of Belarusians as they prepare for what could be a decisive protest.
Ominous sign. In a courtyard in central Minsk, Belarusian riot police appear to be gearing up for this afternoon’s opposition protest.
Read 6 tweets
9 Aug
🗳Election Day in Belarus🗳

President Lukashenko is expected to rig the results to secure a sixth term. Challenging him is a 37-year-old former English teacher who was a total unknown weeks ago but has galvanized the opposition.

Watch this space.

Lukashenko has used his riot police to crack down on opposition supporters, grabbing many off the streets and jailing them. But his security services are also employing other tricks to suppress people’s voices, including disrupting internet access.
Here’s challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya last night encouraging Belarusians to vote and later to return to their polling stations as results are counted. She pleads with election commission officials not to falsify the results.
Read 38 tweets
24 Jul
New from me for @BuzzFeedNews: I spoke Rudy Giuliani's Ukrainian operatives who are leaking Biden calls, passing material to Senate Republicans, and doing their damnedest to undermine the former Dem Veep's campaign (spoiler: it's not really working). buzzfeednews.com/article/christ…
Andriy Telizhenko and Oleksandr Onyshchenko said they've been asked to be interviewed as part of @RonJohnsonWI's Senate inquiry. Johnson wouldn't comment. The Ukrainians plan to visit DC soon, and Telizhenko was setting up to attend the RNC in Florida before it was canceled.
BTW, that's Onyshchenko chatting with me over his hotel breakfast in Hamburg, because he's on the run from Ukrainian authorities who accused him of embezzlement (he denies).
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