The war in Ukraine isn’t just being fought with bullets. The Russian government is in a battle to control the narrative through social media and the news, both at home and abroad. In this “Age of Disinformation,” tech companies faceoff with the Kremlin to take down propaganda while hacktivist collectives, such as Anonymous, attempt to bring the truth to Russian citizens. Big Tech vs Russian Media Vladimir Putin’s government has a long history of using media sources to spread misinformation and propaganda to manipulate the people. The war with Ukraine is no different. However, following a request from the European Union’s president, tech companies are making it more difficult this time. Google’s YouTube, Meta’s Instagram and Facebook, and Chinese-owned video-sharing platform TikTok have blocked Russian state-run media outlets, including Sputnik and Russia Today (RT), in Europe.
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