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The“weaponization of information”, the use of information for military purposes, is nothing new. In Russia today it is an imperative: if you work as a journalist, you are a combatant in the information war, and you won’t be allowed to sit it out in the trenches.
The largest-scale and bitterest warfare is conducted, however, not in the newspapers or on television but in social media. The, often reluctant, participants are the millions of users of the Russian- language segment of Facebook and Twitter and, as they live in different parts of the world, the virtual war has the scope of a world war.