- TikTok said fake accounts were spreading disinformation about Russia in the Russia-Ukraine war to millions of people.
- These fake accounts delivered fake pro-Russian posts to many users in Ukraine, Russia and Europe.
- It was determined that the accounts tagged fictitious news sources to make their posts believable.
New data from the Chinese social media giant shows that fake TikTok accounts are spreading disinformation about the Russia-Ukraine war to millions of people.
TikTok said posts on the video-sharing site targeted Ukrainian and Russian users, as well as many users across Europe, with fake pro-Russian posts about the war. It turned out that some accounts tagged fictitious news sources to strengthen their posts.
In a separate BBC report published on Friday investigationdetected 800 fake accounts stating that high-ranking Ukrainian officials and their relatives were targeting European countries with such claims.
A TikTok spokesperson told CNBC that the company began investigating accounts before the BBC investigation, and that all identified fake accounts have since been removed.
“We continually and relentlessly pursue those who seek to influence their community with misleading behavior,” the statement said. It was said.
The majority of the fake accounts detected by TikTok (about 13,000) were operated from within Russia and were pushing Kremlin war propaganda in local languages to Ukraine, Russia, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Serbia, Czech Republic, Poland and Greece.
However, some of the accounts identified were also found to be operated from within Ukraine, artificially reinforcing narratives aimed at raising money for the Ukrainian military.
TikTok said the total number of followers of fake accounts has exceeded one million, and videos shared on the platform routinely reach millions of viewers.
This statement follows the UK’s years-long campaign against Russia against politicians and public officials. malicious cyber activity It came a week after he was accused of running a campaign.
Compiled by: Fatma Ebrar Tuncel