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Democracy & Development
January 5, 2016

What is the Russian for Facebook?

by
Henry Jackson Society

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.

 

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